June 30th, 2010
02:03 PM ET
Group urges ban of 3 common dyes
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says food dyes pose a number of risks to the American public and is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban three of the most commonly used dyes: Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. A new CSPI report says those dyes contain known carcinogens and contaminants that unnecessarily increase the risks of cancer, hyperactivity in children and allergic reactions.
"These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody," said CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson, co-author of the report. "The Food and Drug Administration should ban dyes, which would force industry to color foods with real food ingredients, not toxic petrochemicals."
The FDA has not read the report yet an agency spokesperson said. "We appreciate the report from CSPI and look forward to reviewing it. We take our commitment to protecting children seriously".
According to the report, tests done on lab animals found contaminants that raised health concerns about several of the nine dyes currently approved for market. The approved dyes are Blue 1 & 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 & 40 and Yellow 5 & 6. And every year, about 15 million pounds of these dyes wind up in our food, with alot of it ending up in things like candy, fruit drinks and cereals.
The report is based on the FDA's own studies, and studies done by Industry and turned over to the FDA. But a statement from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), who represents the industry says science shows food dyes are safe. "The safety of both artificial and natural colors has been affirmed through extensive review by the main global food safety bodies, including the US Food & Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority. Both the FDA and the food and beverage industry continually monitor any new research or data in this area to determine if a change in current policy is warranted. It is important for consumers and policymakers to know that food dyes are widely studied and that the overwhelming majority of scientific evidence confirms the safety of artificial food colors."
The Food Standards Agency, an independent government agency in Great Britain, released research a few years ago that suggested a linked between hyperactivity in some children and certain food coloring. Starting July 20th in the European Union, food containing some of these dyes will carry additional warning labels indicating possible adverse effects on "activity and attention in children."
CSPI went to Britain in 2008 to check out the differences in dye use first hand. It says it found more concern about food dyes and more government oversight. For example, CSPI says McDonald's Strawberry Sundaes get their color from fresh strawberries. The group says in the United States the color comes from Red dye 40. CSPI say in the UK, Fanta orange soda coloring comes from pumpkins and carrot extract. Here, it says the color comes from Red 40 and Yellow 6 dye.
Rand Carpenter, a spokesperson for Coca-Cola, who makes Fanta, says they stand by their products in the United States - and abroad. "Where colors are used in our products they have been reviewed for safety by numerous health authorities and agencies, are permitted in every country where we operate, and are considered safe."
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Here we go again. So CSPI is all concerned with food coloring. Why do people take a bunch of psuedo-scientists seriously. Just when we finally get our RED M & Ms back on the market they want to get them banned again? And don't get me started on MSG. Sure anything will give you cancer if you injest 10000 times a normal dose. Has anybody ever considered rats and mice just might be more prone to getting cancer? HUH? Oh and lets not forget, Hey CSPI, can you tell me how much more expensive that Fanta soda is having to be colored with pumpkin extract? hmm. Strange you would use soda as an example for your press release. According to you all soda should be pulled from the market for its sugar content. And finally, when are people going to stop listening to anyone who can send out a press release claiming they are"concerned." Calling themselves Center for Science in the Public Interest? That title is an oxymoron if there ever was one.
Duane, you're an idiot. The CSPI scientists–yes, they ARE real scientists–do research to save lives. Now, if you would rather drink you nasty soft drinks with chemicals, fine, but don't blame them for trying to make things better for kids, who are the majority of the consumers of these chemical dyes. Pull your head out...
Duane, think about what you're saying. You're saying that even though red M&M's taste exactly the same as any other color, you'd rather risk cancer or other disease than bear to live without M&M's appearing in red colors. Even if you doubt the science, can't you at least realize how skewed that gamble is?
Folks like Duane are statistically challenged – they'll gladly eat foods that have a 1 in 10,000 chance of causing cancer because it can't happen to them, but they'll gladly play the lottery where they have a 1 on 10,000,000 chance of winning because 'ya never know'
Kevin, it's not a 1 in 10,000 you'll get cancer eating a regular quantity of red M&Ms, it's more like one in a trillion. It's basically impossible. Although I will agree with you that playing the lottery is stupid.
I only go by my own experience. My sons school recommended that we go see a specialist who would basically drug my son into a stupor for his lack of attention (ADHD). Rather than going along with that ABSURD recommendation, I was advised by a nutritionist (non-licensed) to increase his protein & fat intake and cut out as much food coloring (Red 40 in particular). In two weeks, his teacher called and said that she wanted to know what we did to improve his behavior she said the change was amazing.
To me a soda every now and then will not hurt, food coloring by itself probably will not hurt you, what the 1 in 10,000 does not take into account is the combination of other common toxins in food (coloring, preservatives, pesticides, herbacides, flavoring agents, along with pharmaceuticals, and other garbage like hydrogenation...
Food additives are approved based on an acceptable level of adverse effects... meaning that 1 in 10,000 means that out of a nation of 300,000,000 30,000 will suffer adverse effects... which the FDA deems an acceptable level of risk. Not the same as a lottery ticket
Oh crap! Sugar is linked to diabetes! Ban is now! Lets not forget that dyhydrogen monoxide, it's ALWAYS found wherever cancer is. Ban that too!
If you only ate red m&m's occasionally, of course you're not ever going to get cancer. But when you factor in EVERYTHING a person generally consumes, the increase goes significantly up. Im not even talking about dye's, but all other chemicals and preservatives, high fructose corn syrup (used to be processed with mercury, amazing huh? some products on the shelf still contain mercury). You cant even buy regular meat at the grocery store that isnt loaded with antibiotics, chemicals, pesticides – unless of course you pay significantly more for "natural/pesticide" free products, but even those contain harmful "natural" pesticides.
Duane – the comment about "maybe mice just get cancer more". Well guess what buddy, id say 1 in 3 americans getting cancer in their lifetime are pretty high odds, dont you?
Richard, our daughter's school has an all natural food policy for those very reasons. They see few cases af ADHD because they don't allow sugar, preservatives or food dyes in food made or brought into the school. The parents have really stood behind this, and for most part follow this practice at home.
Oh, and Duane...It's not just the sugar in soda that's bad for you. Even diet is bad with the combination of chemicals and acids (mainly the acids that eat at the enamel on teeth and intestinal tract).
Yes! I'm so excited they are finally acknowledging problems with Red 40. My daughter started going bananas every time we gave her fruit snacks or anything containing dye. Her eyes would glaze over and she would start having horrible tantrums. You can tell the difference between a normal tantrum and one caused by an allergic reaction. I don't know why they don't use beet juice concentrate like they do in yogurt.
I, too, was a non-believer in all the diet hoopla. If you had told me changing my child's diet would change behavior I would have laughed (I've taught middle school for 20 years – so I know kids!!!) Then my 3rd child was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age 3. Basically this is a form of mild autism. His behavior was not conducive to sitting and learning and I decided to try everything I could to see what worked. I resisted changing his diet because I thought it would be a waste of time. WRONG!!! A year went by before I tried taking out all additives, dyes, preservatives, and synthetic chemicals. All I can say is I wish I would have tried it first because I wasted a whole year. Within two weeks he was a different kid! He could sit in class and follow directions and no longer wandered around or was hyper. He was calm and coherent. It changed his life!!! To those who say you can't tell you have no clue what you're talking about. I was not EXPECTING it to work or do anything for him – but even I noticed the behavior change immediately! Since then I have read more and found that a pediatrician, Dr. Feingold, noticed changes across the board in the 60's with his patients when all the additives started going gangbusters in food. He saw a huge increase in children presenting with ADHD even at that time and was able to connect it to the chemicals started to be added to food. If it is man-made and not natural – who needs it?
THIS LETTER IS ADDRESSED TO ALL NON-BELIEVERS...... i AM A MATURE ADULT WHO INJESTED THE "GOOD" AMERICAN DIET FOR YEARS...... FIVE YEARS AGO, IT WAS ALL OVER....... MY BODY REJECTED EVERYTHING EXCEPT WATER AND AIR..................I SURVIVED, AND MOVED ONTO DYES, NITRATES, SULFITES AND EVERY ADDITIVE ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH..... TO THIS DAY, I CANNOT INJEST THE AMERICAN DIET.......I CANNOT TAKE MEDS OR PILLS, ETC, BEACAUSE OF DYE AND COMPOUNDING...... SO IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BELIEVE MY STORY AND THE STORIES OF THOUSANDS OF OTHERS, TRY IT FOR A DAY..... AND LEARN HOW TO SURVIVIE................ THANKS FDA AND PHARMACEAUTICAL
COMPANIES FOR NOT LISTENING....... YOU MIGHT LEARN ONE DAY - WHEN IT HAPPPENS TO YOU..................
Its OK for you as an adult but try dealing with school age children hopped up on red#40. I see it everyday, mostly from Gatorade Red. Remember 40 years ago "they" said tobacco weas safe too. New ino/data=new conclusions.
Hi, I just want to say that I am actually allergic to FD&C Red #40, I have had multiple tests done on me to test this theory, even having pure red 40 skin pricked onto me. IT IS A REAL ALLERGY! I have to carry an Epi-Pen (epinephrine shot for allergic reaction for those who do not know) with me everywhere I go, and I have 2 around my house. It is that bad of an allergy. I get hives/red and itchy skin within 5 minutes of eating it, stomach and intestinal problems within 15 minutes and when I was at school and was not allowed to take the benedryl for an allergic reaction I had from drinking ICED TEA!!! BROWN ICED TEA! I had to take a bus home 45 minutes into my reaction, and by the time I got home and took my benedryl it had been over an hour, by this time I was having breathing problems. It's very scary knowing that only a few sips of a supposedly "all-natural" iced tea that had red 40 caused me to have to endure all of this. It really is something that should be banned because it is not needed and natural food dyes are just as easily available. Also to Peter (July 1st, 2010) water, if you're going to be all organic chemistry on us is just hydrogen monoxide because of the naming rules. Also, dY-anything does not exist as it is not a prefix, it is di-whatever.
Duane, It would not be much more expensive. One of my favorite beverages [Rockstar Energy Drink] I have recently stopped drinking the Rockstars containing Yellow 5 or Red 40 [Rockstar punched, Rockstar Juiced Pomegranite, Rockstar Juiced Guava, etc.] I have recently notced that Rockstar Juiced Mango-Passionfruit[?] [the orange one] Has stopped putting Yellow 5 into the drink and began adding Beta-carotene for color instead. Yay! Plus, It is still the same price as the Rockstar conatining petroleum dye. I have also stopped purchasing foods containing Red 40, Yellow 5 & 6. In the process I have noted how many foods that you wouldn't even expect it to be in! [Pop-Tart strawberry and blueberry contain it 🙁 ] Already in Europe, major companies such as McDonalds have started using natural color or cutting out color altogether, yet in the U.S.A they still feed us the cancerous crap since it's not banned here, it's cheaper so if they can get away with it and make a larger profit off of us, they will. It's sick knowing that companies don't care about your health, they only care about making money. Kinda makes me not want to buy anything, ever! So it makes me happy to know when a company cares enough about its consumers to eliminate petroleum dyes from their foods.
Personally, I try to avoid all food dyes and synthetic additives of all kinds. Why pollute our bodies with chemicals? Infants are born with something like 250 different chemicals in their bodies - we're polluting our bodies with chemicals, many of which have not been tested for safety. I firmly believe that many cancers are caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, which are everywhere. If you like candy but don't want the artificial crap or dyes, try Yummy Earth organic candy and lollipops, available at natural food stores. They have zero artificial ingredients/dyes, no high fructose corn syrup, and are fantastic. All the flavors come from natural fruits & veggies (I have no connection with the company, just love their candy, especially the sour fruit flavors).
P.S. And they're USDA organic.
Wren, I agree completely. There are so many healthier options today that weren't around when I was a kid. I'm very picky when it comes to my childrens' food. I do allow them to eat junk but monitor it. Also, I try and cook as much as possible.
@wren7 You've got to be kidding me. First off, USDA Organic is in my opinion worthless... it's not even 100% organic unless it says "USDA 100% Organic". Secondly, the USDA which caters to industry has listed all kinds of crap that is acceptable in their version of "organic"... such as casings from processed animal intestines, food colorings, etc. This stuff isn't organic, it's simply allowed under "USDA Organic" rules. Finally, YummyEarth is made in Mexico. I've read report after report that says you should NEVER purchase candy made in Mexico or China due to lead in a percentage of candy from those countries. Wake up, friend.
I like http://www.SugarCoatedOrganics.com for those Yummy Earth suckers and gummies, I will not give my son dyes either it makes him so crazy hyper
As a new mom – I completely agree with these statements. What a war with food it is in protecting our children in this generation. I sincerely hope many more people stand up so that it changes soon – gmo's that might affect 3rd generation fertility and offspring birth weight, hydrogenated oils affecting livers , high fructose corn syrup causing diabetes, excessive pesticides (over 50 trace pesticides in strawberries alone) suspected in causing adhd, food coloring and chemicals suspected in causing cancer and adhd, even milk and cheese is laden with hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides from the food they're fed, and apple juice and single peach and pear cups are approved to be coming from the most polluted place on earth – China. I mean, really?
I am astounded that so many moms out there really, truly BELIEVE that they can CONCLUDE that a dye is causing their child to be hyperactive. That's not science, that's anecdotal crap. Also, the actual studies that published these findings found a possible LINK, as in CORRELATION. If any of you knew a drop of science, you'd know that correlation does not imply causation, just as in the case of autism being linked to vaccines. Guess what? By the time autism was recognized as a disorder and kids began being diagnosed, the number of people diagnosed as mentally retarded decreased dramatically. And the reason why it was linked to vaccines is because autism begins to exhibit symptoms at around the same time that kids are due for vaccines and booster shots. It's about the age that the disorder begins to exhibit symptoms, not a false CAUSALITY of vaccines catalyzing the disorder.
Same thing with cancer. If I only I had a nickel for every time someone said, "OMG, cancer is so rampant now!! It's more common than ever!!!" Ever thought about WHY?! BETTER DIAGNOSTICS AND PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER, WHICH MEANS THAT THERE IS A GREATER CHANCE TO HAVE MUTATIONS IN ONCOGENES AND TUMOR SUPPRESSOR GENES THAT LEADS TO CANCER. "BUT BUT BUT...BUT CHEMICALS!" Shove it.
The media will slant scientific findings any way they choose; all of these articles you read are suggestions that immediately lead so many ignorant laypeople to jump to the conclusion that X causes Y. No, sorry, that's not what the scientists said, go read the scientific article! A handful of studies that show a possible link is only reason to conduct further longitudinal studies and trials, not to have some panicked knee jerk reaction and order all of these dyes removed from products.
By the way, all of you Whole Foods folks are going to hate this, but organic food is 100% BS and you're wasting your money. Go learn science and quit acting so foolishly.
The name says it all...
H, you rock. Right on man.
nicely said. of course, most illness' out there are/were created by mankind. I don't think our creator created the body to attact itself, he created illness' that will strengthen the immune system not destroy. and it is a DARN shame that our government does not protect its people, buy not approving dangerous chemicals to be put in or sprayed on what we ingest/digest. It is about time that they worry about stinking colors, and now maybe they can move down the least and look at the other 1000 chemicals. What a gimmick...their worries are about money, economy...and hate to say but sickness does generate a good income within an economy. and this is a little bone they throw in front of us, to show us they are doing something for us...
Oh, and they are crazy expensive for candy. Better to avoid candy if you are on a tight budget.
What is wrong with "anecdotal" evidence in a case like this? I understand in a case such as the vaccine/Autism, where a parent may be putting their child at a severe risk based on anecdotal evidence. But food dye is basically a marketing tool, it serves no purpose in the safety or quality of food.
Also, for hundreds of years, anecdotal evidence was the only proof that smoking was harmful. More recently many relied on anecdotal evidence that all fat was not bad for you after all. Personally as a parent, my wife and I made a decision to only use anti-biotics on our infant son in the event of a real health emergency (based on the recommendation of an 85 year-old 'country' doctor and a simple observation of nurseries full of sick children being feed a daily dose of anti-biotics with no improvement)... that was in 1995. There was no scientific evidence at the time, but now there is... Obviously I can go on and on.
The suggestion that anyone should make health decisions based only on medical science is just about absurd as those who spurn it.
H – and its equally ignorant to believe that nothing we do, consume or breathe in has ANY relation to these diseases at all. I agree, corralation does not equal causation – but absence of proof does not mean there is no problem here. We simply have yet to be able to unlock the full truth to all of these issues.
Next you're going to tell me that Agent Orange and all the chemicals in the bombs we use are perfectly harmless too? That those people on the islands that we've used at bombing ranges are just magically getting massive amounts of cancer and extremly early ages is just...a fluke? All those vets exposed to agent orange in nam – yeah, their just making it up, right?
There's something in the middle between your insane "everything is fine, stop being stupid" mentallity and other peoples "the sky is falling, everything is going to kill us" mentality. The quicker we all move our azzes to the middle, the faster we'll find real solutions.
Joe, I wasn't aware that Yummy Earth candy was made in Mexico. I went to their website and just read this:
"We tightly control our manufacturing processes both at our Mexico facility and at our Germany facility. We are proud to say that both our facilities are inspected frequently by US and German inspectors and enjoy exemplary quality and safety records. We proudly pay fair wages to our valued team members and have found that implementing excellent safety and ingredient control standards can yield extraordinarily safe and high quality products in both facilities. Further, we send finished product to be tested at the University of Nebraska for nutrients and contaminants, because, as dads, that's what we wish all food manufacturers would do."
I'm personally comfortable continuing to occasionally eat Yummy Earth candy because it is being tested at an American university for contaminants, something that the vast majority of other candy and food manufacturers don't go to the trouble of doing. I wish it was made in the USA though.
Yikes! Hot Tamales candy has all three of those dyes in it!
Pretty much any non-organic candy will.
Darn. Those are my favorite.
And what about hair dyes for women? I was recently diagnosed with lymphoma and have gotten my drk. brown hair colored for years. Most studios don't talk about these dangers; not good for business, but I've seen articles citing a link to hair dye and lymphoma although many doctors may disagree. Cigarettes were thought to be safe back in the 50's too. Sometimes it takes years to draw a connection.
have you tried using Henna to dye your hair? It's a natural ingredient native of India that can be used to dye your hair. I have been using that. But you have to be careful of getting the imitation brands!
Aveda hair color is the safest way to go, if you're worried about it.
The active chemical in commercial hair dyes that causes most of the problems is Paraphenalynediame, or PPD. PPD is very toxic and can cause burns, scarring and even long term health problems. Fresh natural henna is safe, but *NEVER* use anything called 'black henna' as it usually contains PPD. There are other natural ingredients labeled as 'black henna' but better safe than sorry.
If people are that concerned, why do they dye their hair at all? Why makeup? Shouldn't you look as organic as what you want to eat?
You might want to try Henna or Nature Tint. I worked at a health food store, and tha'ts how I learned most of the things I know about what mainstream products are dangerous to humans
Not true about Aveda Hair Color I worked with Aveda as did my Hubby. Pretty bad cancer causing ingredients going in that color! Made my Hubby sick Just applying on women! Stopped working with it and no longer sick! There are watch groups on the net ...Try skindeep.com Over one hundred Aveda Products listed on that site with ingredients that cause CANCER!!!!!!!!!!
What company goes through the trouble of manufacturing products with different ingredients for distribution in different places?
The only thing that would make sense is GREED. Maybe the US versions are as safe as the European versions, and maybe they aren't, but the bottom line is always the money. Obviously the US version is cheaper to make, but isn't it impressive how the Europeans actually get to have some control over products for sale, instead of the lobbyists and marketing people?
Yes, it's great. And they are socialist. Think we will see that happening here???
Since when are Germany and France "socialist"?
Both of these countries have center-right, heavily pro-business governments, and they are both at the forefront of the European Union's food-safety efforts.
The concept and definition of "socialism" has become so twisted by the right wing in this country that the term is even applied to the likes of our president, who is pretty much in the pocket of big banks and corporations, just like nearly every other national-level politician we have, with a very few exceptions – actual socialists like Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-VT.
I guess actually caring about the well-being of the people you govern (as opposed to professing heartless, soulless, unabashed greed) defines "socialism" to the tea-bagger crowd these days.
Repeat after me – Ayn Rand wrote FICTION. The views she expressed in her novels in no way constitute a reasoned or rational economic theory or philosophy. ALL modern, industrialized societies are essentially socialist. Would you prefer a return to feudalism and absolute monarchy?
Take a peek at the recent CNN article descriibing the chemicals/fats put in McD's chicken nuggets in the US. It describes again how the Europen version is different (and "healthier"). I think the best practice is to write a letter or two to manufacturers using these dyes. They are responsive if enough customers seek explanations and healthier alternatives. Even better we just stop buying anything with these dyes.
Well, Coca-Cola sold in Mexico just across the border supposedly uses real sugar instead of that high fructose corn syrup crap they use here in the USA. My feeling is that if Coca-Cola wants to make a more natural product for other countries but give us this stuff, then why should any American buy their product? Shouldn't we Americans deserve to get the best and most natural and healthiest, not just what's regulatorily acceptable?
MrsFizzy: "The US food industry has got people used to it." – Agreed. The crazy part is that when i light heartedly tell people any of these dangers they say things like, "my parents grew up on it and are fine". What they don't seem to realize is how much the formulations have changed in so many products. Its such an unsettling assault on our health. I'm glad to see by the replies on here that more and more are starting to care.
"Well, Coca-Cola sold in Mexico just across the border supposedly uses real sugar instead of that high fructose corn syrup crap they use here in the USA."
The reason for this is that the US government slaps significant tariffs on the import of sugar to "protect" the US sugar industry. This makes REAL sugar 50% more expensive in the US than on the world market at large. Due to the increased cost of sugar to food companies, they turned to corn syrup as a sugar substitute. The result of this whole mess is that we have the Corn and Sugar lobbies spending a significant amount of money to ensure the tariffs stay in place to protect their business at the cost of our health.
Thank you for pointing that out, Kiff. I will have to start tagging sarcasm more. But when Obama tries to do something remotely like what is done in those countries, people jump up and down & scream socialist. I was trying to just suggest that what the crowd you mentioned think is "socialist" is not really so bad, and maybe there are some merits in putting people before profit. You made a much better effort though. 🙂
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Typical lack of fact checks by CNN.
My son has ADHD and if he gets Red 40 in say, red punch, it is like he is on cocaine–EXTREMELY hyper. Many kids react to that one–not just ADHD kids. It's not the sugar; it's the dye. My mother-in-law did not believe me, so the second and LAST time I let her watch my son, she purposely gave him red Jello and red punch. She was calling me within a half hour–. Once he got a red Popsicle at school, and I had been there volunteering before lunch and then returned after lunch. I knew instantly and when I asked him if he had had something red, he, at 5, said, "No–it was CHERRY!" It doesn't kill him but it is NOT GOOD. The Yellow 5/6 (orange) do it to a degree, too. Read some labels–you will not believe what Red 40 is in–and I still am shocked that it is the same dye used to color clothes, etc.
While I will agree that a lot of parents blame ADHD for bad behavior, I am inclined to agree with Absolutely. I'm a young adult, and I recently went a long time without eating/drinking anything with the red dye in it. After being reintroduced to red drinks (in this case, cool-aid) I was extremely rabbity. I readjusted quickly, but it felt similar to getting a small dose of amphetamines – and it definitely was not the sugar.
I think there is way too much ADHD claimed but I also wonder how much is cause & effect. Sometimes that is the convenient excuse but I also know of kids who are otherwise normal and go completely wacko after some Red40. The article dosen't tell you these dyes are made from coal tar derivatives. How good do you think that could be for your kid's brain? I think it's sad when you read about the differences in the food in Europe and what our children are fed here. Like they care more, and put their kids' potential health above food company's profits?? Ah well, socialists...
I definitely agree that there's bad behavior and bad manners–but if you ever see true ADHD, you will know it. These kids are like that from the start. My son works so hard at maintaining good behavior–and the entire family works at it. Red dye just makes it 10,000 times worse.
My son 23 years ago when he was 3 years old had a seizure that almost killed him. This was happening all over our county. These children were having seizures and they would stop breathing. By the time the ambulance got him to the hospital his resportations were 4. I had no idea he was having a seizure I thought he had a stroke. When they got him to the ER they told me he was not going to make it. They thought he had meningitis and he was non responsive they were beginning to intubate him when he came out of it. His left side was parilized( I can't spell) This drove me crazy I started doing research and found out it was the red dye 40 in all the food he was eating and he was allergic to it. This red dye is in almost everything we give our children. It builds up in their system and eventually their systems cannot take it anymore. The red punch drinks are like giving them a cup of poision it is the worst thing you could give them. Fruity pebbles, strawberry and cherri pop tarts. I taught him to always read the lable and never eat anything that had it in it. To this day he reads the label of everything he eats or drinks. The way I found out was a Lupus foundation film I just happened to see by chance one day. I wish I would have kept it but I didn't and I wish all parents could see it. My son did not have brain damage from going without oxygen for almost 2 hours because there was and emt across the street from the daycare center I took him too and he happened to have a oxygen tank in his truck. But there were at least 8 other children admitted to the hospital with the same symptoms and were almost or were vegtables because of it. No one notices all of them, I worked in a hospital and started paying attention to it. If you were to look at the how many small children are having seizures and other mental illnesses this could be the culprit.
We learned about the effects of die when our daughter was about 2. We would go to a church play group (in London) that always served an orange drink meant for children that was mixed, much like Xarex used to be. She would go absolutely insane and the most horrible temper tantrums. When I realized it was every Wed this would happen, I suspected the snacks and drink and through process of elimination narrowed it down. She's now 14 and still suffers similar effects from colored candies and cereals, etc. She knows it, and tries to avoid it, but it's everywhere in any packaged snacks. Not fun for a teenager. And even worse, her younger sister is relatively unaffected by the stuff.
Hey genious, if your so sure its the dye, howcome you apparently still allow him to drink the stuff? I would think as a concerned mother you wouldn't.
Better dying (not dyeing) through chemistry!!!
Death by a thousands cuts says me.
Why dye anyway..just cut them all out...since they add no flavor or nutritional content..seems silly to keep adding something thats unneeded. If you know what your eating..does really matter what color it is???
Color actually increases the look of "tastiness" in foods.
A salad with several rich colors, like dark green, red, and yellow, looks more delicious than it would if you used ingredients that were dull-colored and similar.
I agree, though, that we should be looking at alternatives for dying food. This is just nuts.
Yup, it's all in what you're used to, Sarah. And you are talking about natural colors present in vegetables. Our processed food doesn't have to be so violently artificial-looking (or for that matter, so processed). There are plenty of natural alternatives which may not be quite so neon-bright, but so what? Those colors are made from coal-tar derivatives, is that what we should be feeding our children? The US food industry has got people used to it. If everything changed so that candy and drinks got just a little less rainbow-colored, we'd still eat it and you wouldn't even miss it.
Am I the only one disturbed by the fact that the food NEEDS dye to look good? So it's okay to cover up the color of old meat, or show that the food at the supermarket is old garbage. I've been raised in a small town in Europe where all of the food is sold fresh from the fields and whatever meat or fish you wanted was either still alive or just killed. No dyes!
Waternut, I've always wondered the same thing myself. Why do we need all these dyes in our food? It tastes exactly the same without it. I think that we as a society are so far removed from what actual food is that we need it to look a certain way in order to eat it. It's sad.
I get extremely light headed from any of these three dyes. I read labels but sometimes have a dye reaction when there was none listed on the label. (like on canned cranberries, fresh cranberries are ok). It took many doctor visits to identify the cause. Colored red and yellow pills and well as green tooth paste also are sources of these dyes.
I am allergic to Red 40 and my cousin is allergic to Yellow 5 so this would be great!
yes!!! ive been saying it for ever! my son gets extremly wirey and very in-tolerable!!! when he gets even the least little bit of color. i will not let him eat skittles at all!!!! he sometimes goes to his friends houses and gets kool-aid or something and i can definetly tell right away when he gets home. he also gets very mouthy and he gets like this attitude that i just "love" ya know. he is ten yrs. old and thinks he can tell me what to do and how to do it!! but other wise he is the most loving kid you could ever ask for. its just when he gets color.
"about 15 million pounds of these dyes wind up in our food"
So what...15 million pounds might go into 200 billion pounds of food.
And your point is?
My kids constantly come home from school and tell me about all the special treats they got- ices, Gushers, licorice....and all I think is dyes, dyes, dyes. How sad that so many people are uninformed...
I love that my daughter's school has an all-natural policy. They don't make or allow any food in the school that contains artificial flavors, colors or added sugar. They've really noticed the difference and many of the parents try to follow those rules at home.
The local grocery stores carry candy and other packaged foods from the United Kingdom, we have a lot of folks from there who've settled in our area, and the stores carry their favorite brands from across the pond. The ingredients list natural food colors, just like this article claims. The candies are pretty good, actually, and we are happy to have access to these treats. I wonder why Nestle makes all natural treats for British kids, but American kids have to buy artificial junk from the same manufacturer.
Essie, I wonder if it's because we in America are so used to our food being extremely sweet (high-fructose corn syrup and the like – ingredients that often aren't used in Europe) that anything natural tastes bland by comparison and we won't buy it. I know that when I converted to a mostly-organic diet, it took me a while to get accustomed to the taste of natural food. I was used to all the artificial and enhanced flavors that's in "mass-produced" (for lack of a better term) food products. It's not easy to change your taste preferences.
I try to find food without dyes in it for my children. I find this to be very difficult task to do. I am for the ban of all dyes. It is not necessary to have food dyes. Just my opinion, but I would love for this to come into effect ASAP.
I work at a school entirely made up of children with ADHD, autism and learning disorders. I can tell you without a doubt that dyes cause unruly behavior. One student in particular of mine was so sensitive to it, eating the tiniest amount (like a few sprinkles from a cupcake) would send her into an emotional break down. Almost all our students are on special diets. They are different individuals when they eat properly! Yes, their diagnostic symptoms are still present, but MUCH MUCH more manageable. Think about the quantity of "kid food" has dye in it. Children who eat "kid food" get such a high dose of dyes.
Blue dye #1 will make you turn into a Wookie.
Correction: "alot" isn't a word; the proper use is 'a lot'
Dyes are known to cause some people to be extraordinarily hypercritical of others' spelling errors.
Be care about NATURAL. CARMINE or COCHINEAL is a red food color that is made from the beetle that is crushed up. It has caused many anaphylactic reactions and deaths. I know; I am highly allergic to it. I am a nurse and many people react to it but labels state only natural coloring added It is found in prescription drugs and some OTC vitamins and supplements.. This carmine coloring is not kosher nor is it vegan. If you like your food colored with insect parts then go natural. Many people are trying to ban carmine and it should be. This South American beetle should be not be in food.
I'll take bugs over coal which is what Red #40 is made from! People all over the world eat bugs, big deal!
I respect your opinion. Your Jewish and vegetarian Americans disagree. So do the many who end up in my ER with a life threateining reaction. Not lightheaded; not dizzy. They are dying from anaphylactic shock due to carmine coloring. True Red dye 40 allergy etc are rarer then that. Not saying you cannot be sensitive to it; this is a TRUE IgE mediated reaction caused by the carmine beetle. We do get to ingest insect parts in mny foods by incidental contamination. This beetle is deadly to many and not safe for consumption for many patients.
Like anything it should be labeled to warn people. I just don't think that it being made from bugs makes it worse than chemicals.
Use BEETS for your red, CARROTS for your oranges, TURMERIC for your yellows, and CHLOROPHYL for your greens. Problem solved 🙂
Not sure about BLUEs, perhaps blueberries.....?
Blueberries would probably yield purple. My brother always says "never eat blue food." Can you think of any natural food that is actually the color of blue candy or blue ice cream. It's fake blue, not natural. Anyone ever seen a real "blue raspberry"?
Blue foods from nature are GOOD for you. The Deeper the color, the higher the phytochemical/AOX level. Blueberries, and blackberries are good for you!! As well as dark leafy lettuce. What it indicates, is that these plants have evolved to protect themselves from harmful UVA/UVB rays from the sun. The higher deeper the color the more benefits they can give to your skin to protect you. Hope this helps.
Absolutely. The key point being "from nature." There's nothing natural about blue raspberry. None of the natural blue foods are truly blue. They're purple. Blueberries are more bluish, but still purple. Blackberries are definitely not blue.
not only do these affect behaviour, they are also a huge contributor to autoimmune disease flare up, such as migraines. Another one is nitrates that are in almost all deli food with the exception of extra lean turkey and chicken. Monitor kids eating lunch meat and there is a correlation to lack of impulse control and increased migraines.
red dye is an immediate trigger for my migraines. i can actually taste it in things – it has a knd of metallic tinge to it to me. so even if it is not listed on the ingredient list, i can usually tell before i have ingested enough to trigger a month-long bout of cluster migraines. nutrasweet does the same thing to me, and being diabetic, that really limits my choices. why are companies still using an artificial sweetener that has to carry a health warning when there is an alternative like splenda?
David- try stevia, it's a natural sweetner from the stevia plant, i heard it works good for diabetics
My child gets more hyper after most of these, particularly yellow artificial dyes, and has less impulse control over his entire attitude; if a caretaker gives him these colorants, he ends up with more needing more discipline and we're all miserable. The frustrating thing is that they're in most children's medications, too. I ask the pharmacist for dye-free pediatric meds and in most cases, they're not available.
try to find a compounding pharmacy. they can make up almost any medication from scratch without any additives or can add any flavoring to make it more acceptable for your child (or you.)
Maybe just ban everything. Let's start with my job. This would reduce the most amount of stress.
I totally support banning Red #40. We witnessed our daughter's allergic reactions to it when she was younger, and the same for my niece. We wonder how many other children had similar reactions?
Maybe we should ban peanuts too since they can cause severe allergic reactions.
Interesting how all the ADHD parents commenting on here seem to have boys who are unruly/hyper after eating food dyes...just noticing there aren't any parents of girls commenting. I've also noticed it's almost always boys who are diagnosed with ADHD. Could the dye sensitivity be a sex *as in biological gender* linked issue? Or perhaps girls are forced to "behave" at the first sign of hyperactivity, and rambunctious behavior is quickly put down in girls, while "boys will be boys". Then the girls are free to develop a more passive-aggressive way of interacting *i.e., manipulation instead of force*.
I have a 4 year old daughter, and while I've never noticed a direct correlation to food dyes, I *have* noticed that she seems to get hyper sometimes for what seems to be no reason. Now I'm going to start checking the ingredients on what she's eaten when it seems to flare up to see if I can find any correlation to some of the dyes that people have mentioned. I wouldn't be surprised to find one.
My daughter has been diagnosed with mild-to-moderate autism. She without a doubt has an adverse reaction to Red 40. We have a large amount of anecdotal evidence to support this, but did a more reliable test when she recently had a cold. We purchased two generic children's Acetaminophen suspensions – identical products, but one with red 40, and one without. The difference in her behavior when she was given the medicine with Red 40 was truly frightening – tantrums, running around the house, yelling, inability to sleep. Red 40 is not allowed in our house, and we do what we can to limit her exposure to it away from home. We can always tell when school has had a 'snack' during the day that contained Red 40, purely from her behavior later in the day.
I have a 3 yo girl and I can tell you there is a direct link between food additives and her behavior. Until she was 16 months old she had not had any kind of "kid" foods aside from the occasional kids meal at a fast food restaurant or even any sugar really with the exception of her fist birthday cake. Then we moved, an international move at that, we lived in hotels and with family for over two months, during this time I made some compromises on our diet out of convince and bought her some gummy fruit treats for snacks, MISTAKE, I had a hyper toddler in a hotel room, we had uncontrollable tantrum and night terrors for the first time (and yes I figure some of it was all the change but we had also traveled a lot in her first year so she was used to traveling), when we got into a house again our diet went back to normal and I had very few issues aside from her just being full of energy which had been the case since she was born, then as she got older she started getting more treats when we went out, I started to notice that her behavior was out of control when she got these treats, and my husband was brining home things like gummy bears and kool-aid, it took me 6 months to finally get him to see how it affects her as often he was gone when I was dealing with the aftermath of consuming those foods, we now have reduced the amount of treats we buy on the US base we are stationed at, we live in the UK and the majority of treats in our house are purchased off of the base, and while she may get a bit hyper from the sugar it's nothing like the total loss of control when she was eating the more American treats. So yes girls are affected too. And a little family back ground, my Mother was diagnosed with ADHD in the 60's when girls did not have ADHD, and my brother is also ADHD and I'm sure if my Mom had known what additives did to behavior we would not have lived on kool-aid and she would have had a much easier time raising my brother.
Another mom to a girl with Red 40 issues here.
Even CNN no longer understands that "alot" is really two words: "a lot."
my mom always told me that Red 40 made me hyperactive. In college I told my Psychiatrist that and he got real defensive. He said that there were no proven links between dyes and hyperactivity. What an idiot, my mom's smarter than you jackass shrinks. Now that there's a possible link to hyperactivity your not gonna make as much money for the Pharmaceutical jerks paying you to prescribe adderrall... I should've never taken that stuff considering all the profit-sharing the big companies do in order to get their smack distributed. Any links to actual root causes mean that the problems go away and less revenue for the pseudo-monopolistic idiots who profit off keeping us "tolerably" sick while draining our pocket books. It will take a few more years to measure the impact of the USA's wonderous "pharmaceutical-monopoly incentives program". Perhaps it will take decades considering big companies have learned from their fallen comrade "Big Tobacco" on how to deceive the public (and themselves). But considering the Law of Entropy, it's to be expected that any [human] reaction will be worse the the gangrene.
Though I have no Allergy, the Adverse Metabolic Reactions are similar to Type 1 and Type 2 Hypersensitivity Reactions, and like Allergenic Reactions, from the time of exposure to the time the Cycle of Reactions stops can be Hours to Months, and varies in severity depending on how much and how long I was exposed to the Pathogen.
In the above Video about the People suing the Doctors, the Allergen is a Pathogen that caused nearly a Month of Suffering, as a Cycle of Reactions it caused resulted in Death. The Doctors did not give this man the Bee Sting, but in my Case, it is Doctors and Medical Staff that give me the Pathogens in Inert Ingredients of Medications and or Medications that are Pathogenic to my System, and or gave me Pathogens in Foods, that resulted in Hours to Months of Suffering afterwards, and could result in more damage to my Brain, and or the loss of my Kidneys and or my Liver, and or my Life. Who is responsible for that? The Food and Drug Manufactures, or the Government, or the Doctors and or Medical Staff, or all of them?
Some of the things in Nature that are Pathogenic to my System happen to be Compounds that are used to make these Food and Drug Colorings, the FD & C above, and all the other FD & C Compounds are also made from things in Nature that are Pathogenic to my System.
The Processed Food and Drug Additives that are Pathogenic to me are processed from things in Nature, but cause me to have more Severe Reactions than those Compounds found in Nature. For example, Dent Field Corn does not cause Red Rashes on my Face and or Chest immediately, and does not cause me to have an immediate Hyperglycemic Event followed by a later Hypoglycemic Crash, but Processed Cornstarch used in the Cornstarch and Talc Capsules does. Processed Corn Syrup does not immediately cause Red Rashes on my Face and or Chest, but causes me to have an immediate Hyperglycemic Event followed by a later Hypoglycemic Crash. The same thing happens when some Beta-Glucans and or Cellulose and or Sugars and or Alcohols are processed and used as Food Additives or used as Inert Ingredients in Drugs or Food Supplements, I have more severe Adverse Reactions to the Processed Stuff than what I have to those things found in Nature. Who is responsible for having made those things more Pathogenic to my System and adding them to so many Foods and Drugs and or Food Supplements? The Food and Drug Manufactures, or the Government, or the Doctors and or Medical Staff, or all of them?
What I call Pathogenic above is the results of Processed Food and Drug Additives that damage my Immune System and allow Pathogenic things to infect my System, like the Rashes on my Face, and in my Throat and Sinus and Digestive Track. It never fails to cause one type of Infection or another that comes after the adverse reactions.
I agree. Dyes are simply not good for you. Period!
My oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD/anxiety disorder at the age of five. I didn't take it lightly, visited several different doctors, an EEG was performed and finally the doctors and I decided on medicine. Not just medicine though ... we also went to a therapist. I did tons of research and also changed my children's diets. No artificial dyes, preservatives or flavors. I read labels and was very strict about our food.
As years passed, and my son got to middle school, we decided with his and his teachers' input to wean him off meds. He is now a junior in high school and doing great. We no longer need to see a therapist and he knows how to police himself. He stays away from the foods, which he knows will have a negative affect on his mood and things are good.
I agree, get rid of these artificial additives. I am a conservative and an independent, however, I also realize that these are just added to our foods for marketing value and shelf life, which in turn puts more money in corporate pockets.
I believe in the free market, but not at the detriment of our Nation's people.
Really........ really....... how many years has "Mountain Dew" been on the shelf? Yet all those dyes have been in it since day one. I want to raise the BS flag on this report. Kinda like when RED 5 was supposed to cause cancer.... yet 20 years later it was proven BS and put back into food.
Lol – it was never proven BS – and it was never removed from the shelves. Parabens in shampoo and other toiletries are found in in breast cancer tumors – but that's not even cause for the FDA to pull anything off the shelf. Unless it kills you or hurts you almost immediately, the FDA approves it. Don't you ever wonder why we're never raising money and running races to "prevent" cancer instead of curing it? It's bc sooo many things in our world cause cancer overtime. For example – hot food or coffee served in styrofoam is DIRECTLY linked to leukemia. If you're someone who gets lunch served this way everyday you would probably want to know this. But its just assumed that the general public doesn't facilitate it that often and they don't want to scare the public or incite anger so attention to issues are refocused to "curing."
Ana, you couldn't be more wrong. Cancer is rampant because people are living longer than ever before and thus have more time to GET cancer. Also, diagnostics are better than ever before. Quit propagating BS ideas about cancer based on your anecdotal observations. That's not science.
So, was my cancer diagnosis at age 33 due to people living longer and allowing more time for cancer to develop? I was the FIRST person in my family to ever be diagnosed with cancer at ANY age. If genetics are not the issue in my case what is? I would have to say environmental factors, i.e. chemicals.
Age is NOT a factor when it comes to Cancer risk. It's not an "old people's" disease.
I'm sorry for sounding a bit critical, but any journalist who uses "alot" in his or her report, with grammar as poor as yours, loses all credibility. CNN, where the heck are you dredging these people up?
Joe the reason why Coke uses real sugar in Mexico cola is due to the high cost of corn syrup in Mexico. Visa versa Sugar is too expensive here in the US. By the way Mexico Coke cola tast so much better than US coke cola.
Also back to the dye issue. what if I like Red Dye or an dye in my food it should not be banned. Im sure theres a ton of options without dye. One walk thru Whole Foods I have found a million options of food without dye. Let the market dictate the fate of dye.
I shouldn't have to go to whole foods and spend $6 for a batch of strawberries to be sure I'm free and clear of dyes. I should be able to go to my local grocery store and pick them up and not have to smell them to see if there is dye in them. I shouldn't have to spend EXTRA to make sure I'm buying something with less stuff added to it.
So, I see a lot of people say it is so sad this continues but yet 'we' do nothing about it. How do we push for change, how do we push to say we don't want all of the 'junk' in our food? Any ideas?
In the paragraph: "The Food Standards Agency, an independent government agency in Great Britain, released research a few years ago that suggested a linked between hyperactivity in some children and certain food coloring. Starting July 20th in the European Union, food containing some of these dyes will carry additional warning labels indicating possible adverse effects on "activity and attention in children."", the ;last sentence is in a smaller font. Why? Are you hoping people don't read that sentence?
I wish they didn't dye everything. You can't even find some foods without dye.
Metamucil berry burst has so much red dye in it, it looks sick.
And why do they dye ham all the time? Ham isn't pink, it's white.
IMO, some CEO told them "The next batch of toys and food coming from China is full of toxins and you'd better shut yer yap if y'know what's good for you. Just do something to hurt and hinder any remaining USA manufacturers..."
I don't trust them one bit.
MAN this article just ruined Tostito's Salsa con Queso dip for me. I just looked at the ingredients and I see Yellow 5 and Yellow 6! Arrgh.
Isn't news writing 101 the place journalists learn a lot is really two words? My wife teaches this to her fourth graders!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOL I almost put the same comment ... News Writing 101 is way too late to learn that "a lot" is two words. 4th grade sounds more like it. 😉
Didn't we already have the "Red 40 is bad"/"no it isn't" argument in the '70s? Wasn't that why M&Ms weren't red for a while? Or was that cochineal? These scientifically unsupported molecular hysteria things blur together after a while.
so finally we will see a meat that is green and not red.
Uh, yeah... You can take my word for it or not, but I know first hand that all this processed artificial stuff and colorings and additives are bad for me. If I can't make it in my kitchen, grow it, raise it, or pronounce it, It's highly unlikely you're going to get me to eat it. I try to buy organic and eat only whole grains too. It's amazing how things like fatigue, mood swings, fibromyalgia, digestive problems, joint pain, A.D.D., etc., DRASTICALLY improve when you change your diet!! The funny thing is, after a few weeks, I didn't even crave processed junk anymore! I think many of the chemicals in our food are actually addictive and make us crave more food and more of the same chemicals.
On occasion, I will indulge in a piece of a pastry, or a piece of candy, but the funny thing is, I no longer NEED it, and I'm completely satisfied with just a little bit.
So suit yourself! If you wanna fill your body with crap, you're gonna feel like crap!
...and I'm not about to trust government agencies either... They'll say things and skew research to suit their own needs whenever it suits them.
It's amazing how the placebo effect works! Just eat something that suggests "ALL NATURAL AND ORGANIC" on the label and you've cured everything, including HIV, fibromyalgia, ADD, cancer, syphilis, etc! Pseudoscience never felt so good!
Nah, I KNOW the people who raise my meat, and I grow my own veggies. I also know a lot about the small, reputable, food producers I do buy from. I've learned about the ingredients that can possibly have unlisted additives, which I stay away from. And I've also learned to avoid the completely natural ingredients, that when combined, natrually preoduse MSG and other harmful things.
On a second note, I never believed changing my diet would make me feel any better in the first place. So no, It really wasn't a "placebo effect". It might have been if I had believed I'd feel better from eating differently, but I never thought it would make any difference in how I felt, so no.
American food companies won't be happy until EVERY ingredient on the label has been replaced with a (cheaper) chemical alternative. Who cares about cancer, neurological problems, or toxicity? As long as McDonald's can save that 1/2 of a cent per strawberry sundae or BigMac.
It's about time..What took sooooo long.Don't just Consider banning the colors....DO IT.....we've been aware for along time of the issues with these dyes. Ever wonder where the problems with ADHD and so on begin. We don't needdthis CRAP in our food and drink. FDA....you can jump in here anytime.
Oh Sorry. I almost forgot , the FDA was bought out in years past.Don't think we should expect any help. Looks like we may be on our own folks. GO CSPI...(IMAGINE..our own Government.Oh Man..I almost forgot again..It's all about the $ ha)
i found out the hard way when i drank kool aid that was red,and fixdent that was pink. my toung swell up very big, went to er because of it. people can belive what they want,but there should be no dyes in any food or candythat you eat. bottom line...
I don't know about any studies linking these to hyperactivity. I would think that would be a pretty hard link. If you read about petrochemicals though, they are not happy things. THEY ARE EVERYWHERE! Not good.
I read a lot of different thoughts above. I have been a scientist most of my life. When my son was small, we found we could not feed him Tang, because he would become extremely hyper within 20 minutes. This was determined by careful exclusion and cataloging of what he ingested along with time of day. Time of day did not matter, undyed food did not matter. The Tang was just the trigger. I worked for a while at a distribution center to be able to stay home and take care of my father. All of the boxes were dyed with Red 40. After a few months, I began to experience itching and burning of my calves. On careful cataloging and comparison testing, I found Red 40 to be the culprit in the food I ate. I believe strong exposure to inhaled dye particles led to sensitizing. It took me years to get desensitized. My wife had to have her thyroid removed due to Grave's Disease. She began to experience similar itching and burning of her legs. On checking, we discovered that every single drug for thyroid disease contains Red 40. What the HECK! Why do they use a dye for a medicine? Now she has to watch what she eats to keep from having an allergic reaction. The FDA needs to get on the ball. Make companies remove dyes from anything that does not require it to sell, at the very least.
Speaking of dyes in medicine, I had a tonsillectomy in my early 20's. I have a documented allergy to Red 40. I told the doctors this. What do they prescribe me? Hydrocodone syrup that is BRIGHT red. First, I was bothered that I was given it despite having allergy warnings all over my files. Secondly, I was told that I had no other option. I couldn't swallow pills, and all the pain reliever syrups were dyed red. Talk about suffering.