Food dyes and the Center for Science in the Public Interest

This isn’t exactly news – I found this information months ago, when the press release just came out, but I had no time to blog during the summer, so here it is:

An organization calling itself the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban artificial colorings from food. The press release page has links to the petition itself, and also mentions Dr. Ben Feingold with a link to his Feingold Association of the United States, and two British studies exploring the effects of artificial food colorings on children’s behavior.

The first study was published in 2004, in Archives of Disease in Childhood – “The effects of a double blind, placebo controlled, artificial food colourings and benzoate preservative challenge on hyperactivity in a general population sample of preschool children,” by B Bateman, J O Warner, E Hutchinson, T Dean, P Rowlandson, C Gant, J Grundy, C Fitzgerald, J Stevenson.

The second study was published in 2007 in The Lancet – “Food additives and hyperactive behaviour in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the community: a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial,” by Dona McCann, Angelina Barrett, Alison Cooper, Debbie Crumpler, Lindy Dalen, Kate Grimshaw, Elizabeth Kitchin, Kris Lok, Lucy Porteous, Emily Prince, Edmund Sonuga-Barke, John O Warner, Jim Stevenson.

The CSPI is also “urging parents who believe their children are harmed by food dyes to file reports online at http://www.cspinet.org/fooddyes/.”

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