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FDA Reopens Food Dyes Debate

Fanta orange soda is dyed there with pumpkin and carrot extract while the U.S. version is dyed with Red 40 and Yellow 6; Kellogg Strawberry NutriGrain bars are colored with Red 40, Yellow 6 and Blue 1 in the U.S., but with beetroot, annatto and paprika extract in the U.K.; and McDonald’s Strawberry Sundaes are colored with strawberries in Britain but with Red dye 40 in America.

Let’s mention here for full disclosure that the British government requested that companies stop using most dyes by December 2009. Meanwhile, most dyed foods marketed throughout the European Union are required to bear a warning notice, effective since July 2010.

In this business-friendly land known as the United States of America, consumers are left with the fine option to educate themselves in order to make the right choices. A couple of suggestions come to mind: at home, preemptively check out this list to find out which of your favorite packaged foods contain artificial colorings; at the supermarket, carefully dissect food labels since the FDA requires that dyes be listed on all processed foods; or stay away from processed foods altogether, especially those that are marketed to children.

Needless to say, banning some old favorites may involve a struggle of sorts with children who are ceasessly bombarded by food ads designed just for them, and over 40 percent of which promote junk food (candy, snack, fast food), with at least one common denominator: synthetic food colorings.

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.


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7:58AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

Food dyes are no good.

8:31AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

hope they stop the use of food dyes!

5:19PM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

Ugh... Scary.

1:20AM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

It's sad, I don't trust hardly any of the food on market now days. I wish my mom would by everything 100% organic.

8:55AM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

thanks for the info

4:53PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011


4:05PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Very interesting!!

4:54AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

very interesting. thanks.

10:05AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

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7:04AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

21 years ago I got so sick I was not able to digest food any more. My doctor told me to avoid all food additives, especially food colouring. Within a few days I started to digest food again. For me that was all the proof I needed to believe food additives/colours are bad for us.

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