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Do Artificial Food Colorings Cause Hyperactivity? FDA Considering Warning Labels

Most San Diego parents are aware that many children’s food products such as Jell-O, Lucky Charms cereal, and Minute Maid Lemonade contain artificial coloring, but many may not be aware that these bright artificial colorings could be harmful to their children.

In a clear reversal of position, the FDA has formed a panel to examine whether artificial food colorings should come with a warning label.

The hearings signal that the growing body of research suggesting a link between artificial colorings and behavioral changes in children has finally convinced the FDA to reassess the need for warning labels.

As reported by the New York Times, the panel was prompted by an FDA report that concluded that while typical children might be unaffected by the dyes, those with behavioral disorders might have their conditions “exacerbated by exposure to a number of substances in food, including, but not limited to, synthetic color additives.”

It is important to note that other studies, particularly a 2007 study published in Lancet, found that artificial food coloring might lead to behavioral changes in typical children as well.

Scientists and consumer groups are encouraged that the FDA is willing to reexamine its position and conduct further research. However, as noted by the New York Times:

Research on pediatric behaviors can be difficult and expensive to conduct since it often involves regular and subjective assessments of children by parents and teachers who should be kept in the dark about the specifics of the test. And since the patents on the dyes expired long ago, manufacturers have little incentive to finance such research themselves.

In the meantime, parents must decide what is best for their children. If parents are concerned, they are reminded that food products with natural food colorings have been deemed 100% safe.