FDA Will Have Hearings About Food Dyes

The United States Food and Drug Administration will hold a two-day hearing to discuss the use of artificial coloring in food products.

The hearing, which will be held by the FDA’s Food Advisory Committee, will be in Silver Springs, Maryland beginning on Wednesday, March 30th. This was prompted in part by a request filed in June 2008 by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which requested revocation of approval for eight certified colorings, due to the possible link to increased hyperactivity in children.

The European Union has already taken steps in this area by requiring food labeling. Although they did not ban the use of any artificial coloring products, effective July 20th, 2010, any product containing any of six colorings must include the warning that they “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” Many food manufacturers are moving to natural alternatives to avoid the labeling requirement.

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