(WASHINGTON) – The Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting to determine if there is a negative link between child consumption of synthetic color additives in food and a child’s behavior.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest said Wednesday the FDA will meet in March to determine whether “relevant data” is available to link food dyes with impaired behavior by children, a meeting they said is “welcome and overdue.”
“Yellow 5, Red 40, and other commonly used food dyes have long been shown in numerous clinical studies to impair children’s behavior,” said CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson. “But for years, FDA — which actually commissioned one of the first controlled studies — dismissed the mounting evidence against the dyes.”
Jacobsen said that animal studies have also demonstrated the link between food dyes and cancer.
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