Look, if you’re superstitious about food colorings then don’t feed them to your kids but my interest in this non issue expired when observing that parents’ impression of their kids’ behavior was affected by whether the parents were told their little darlings had been given food colorings or not.
The wackos are out to get warnings (what’s the harm, right?) which they will then present in the EU as “proof” of unacceptable risk to get a ban there, which they then leverage to get bans elsewhere. It’s how the anti-capitalists work and we must never yield to them.
The only acceptable response is that the colorings have been reviewed and found safe, that’s an end to it, now go away.
Why do we pander to the scaremongers and fear profiteers?
The color dyes used to brighten cereals, snacks and drinks help make some children hyperactive and should be banned or at least carry a warning, critics told U.S. government advisers on Wednesday.
Artificial blue, green, orange, red and yellow food colorings show up in everything from PepsiCo’s Gatorade, Cheetos and Doritos to Kellogg’s Eggo waffles and Kraft’s Jell-O desserts.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has long deemed the dyes safe but is reviewing recent studies of the colors’ effects on children’s behavior at the request of a consumer group. Gathering input from a panel of outside advisers is part of that review. The committee is expected to make recommendations on Thursday. (Reuters)
WASHINGTON — After staunchly defending the safety of artificial food colorings, the federal government is for the first time publicly reassessing whether foods like Jell-O, Lucky Charms cereal and Minute Maid Lemonade should carry warnings that the bright artificial colorings in them worsen behavior problems like hyperactivity in some children.
The Food and Drug Administration concluded long ago that there was no definitive link between the colorings and behavior or health problems, and the agency is unlikely to change its mind any time soon. But on Wednesday and Thursday, the F.D.A. will ask a panel of experts to review the evidence and advise on possible policy changes, which could include warning labels on food.
The hearings signal that the growing list of studies suggesting a link between artificial colorings and behavioral changes in children has at least gotten regulators’ attention — and, for consumer advocates, that in itself is a victory. (NYT)