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TOPIC: EU: Warning Labels on Foods with Artificial Colors

EU: Warning Labels on Foods with Artificial Colors 22 Mar 2013 14:33 #76

Did You Know: Europe Requires Warning Labels on Foods with Artificial Colors
Posted August 22nd, 2012 by Elizabeth Renter. Updated 11/02/2012 at 12:02 am

Europeans don’t only have it right in requiring GMO foods to be labeled or banning them outright, the European Parliament (the elected parliamentary unit of the EU) has also begun requiring labels on foods containing artificial colors. Of course, the U.S. hasn’t done anything of the sort, balking at research that shows the dangers these lab-created colors pose especially to children.

In Europe, foods with artificial colors must carry a label warning that “consumption may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” The U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has campaigned for the FDA to adopt similar labeling practices, but to no avail.

The Question of Artificial Colors
Is food coloring bad for you? Those who say the additives aren’t dangerous claim that food colors are some of the most tightly regulated additives there are and that there is little direct evidence between food colors and hyperactivity in children.

Thousands of American parents, however, would disagree.

Numerous parents who have experienced unmanageable kids have found nearly instant relief after changing their diets. By eliminating processed foods, including those laden with bright artificial colors, they’ve found their children to be quite enjoyable, and all of this without the use of prescription drugs.

“The (synthetic food dyes) used in the U.S. are absolutely safe,” says Joseph Borzelleca with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. And while he’s not alone in this opinion, the whole of Europe seems to disagree.

The European Parliament voted to require labels on foods containing artificial colors after a study showed that hyperactivity increased in children when they consumed two different mixtures of artificial colors and a preservative. They were so moved by the data, that they completely banned colors in foods consumed by babies and small children.

Still, however, the FDA isn’t convinced, saying there’s no “direct link.”


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