Coming Soon: Hyperactivity Warning Labels for Artificially Colored Food?
Via AOL News:
They can take the "Yellow No. 5" from my cold, dead hand!
After denying a potential link between artificial food coloring and behavior problems for years, the federal government may be reversing its stance. The Food and Drug Administration will hold hearings on the subject for the first time to determine whether the additives found in brightly colored foods, such as Fruit Loops, Jell-O and Twinkies, may exacerbate conditions like hyperactivity disorder in some kids.
Though the FDA isn’t likely to change its tune on artificial coloring in the near future, the fact that it has gathered an advisory expert panel together to review the matter Wednesday and Thursday could foreshadow an eventual shift in policy.
That could involve a mandate that artificially-colored foods and drinks carry warning labels saying that children who already have behavioral health problems may get worse if they consume them.
The FDA advisory committee will examine the existing data and decide whether there is a connection between hyperactivity and dyes including Yellow 5, Red 40 and six others.
Up until now, the agency has said there’s no evidence of a link, but added that “certain susceptible children” be may affected by the coloring and other additives found in what they eat and drink.
Though kids without the disorder won’t be affected by the coloring, those with it might experience hyperactivity that is “exacerbated by exposure to a number of substances in food, including, but not limited to, synthetic color additives,” FDA scientists wrote in a report. . .
- Greg Pollowitz