FDA Continues Food Coloring Review

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government panel is hearing from parents who say dyes in food worsen their children's attention deficit

The Food and Drug Administration is listening to mothers, scientists and the food industry as it considers whether there is a link between the dyes and hyperactivity. The FDA so far has seen no proven relationship for most children. But the agency agrees with studies that say for "certain susceptible children," hyperactivity and other behavioral problems may be exacerbated by food dyes and other substances in food.

An FDA advisory committee is expected to weigh in Thursday on whether studies, some of which are decades old, definitively link
the dyes and the disorder.

Renee Shutters of Jamestown, N. Y., said ridding her 7-year-old
son Trenton's diet of food colors was "life changing."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by sally Location: alabama on Aug 22, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    Am an older woman that is genetically prone to life threatening allergies.I've no doubts that dyes affect funcinality, whether ingested or aborbed through the skin.Grandchidren are affected as it is difficult to identify and elimanate contact.
  • by Ralph's wife Location: Florida on Jun 9, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    My grand son can't eat anything that has red or the componate of red in it. He is fine till he eats something that has red food coloring in it. It's like having a toy that you put new batteries into, 'Donald' gets turned on and there's no off button. He will go banana's, he will stay awake all nite, he can't go to sleep.Sometimes he will have a red rash on his body, but not always.We try to keep him from ingesting anything with red dye in it.He knows what to watch out for, but it is hard to tell sometimes, then he has a hard time.
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