The Center for Science in the Public Interest on Tuesday continued a campaign against food dyes or colors by issuing a new report that suggests food dyes "pose risks of cancer, hyperactivity in children, and allergies." Although the report is 58 pages long, it does not present any new previously unreviewed scientific research. CSPI notes that the current science poses insufficient evidence to prove a causal connection between colors and safety risks and indicates a need for further research. The fact is that colors are an important component of confections providing distinguishing characteristics, flavor recognition and appeal. All certified colors used in food production in the U.S. meet stringent FDA requirements and are safe for human consumption. For more information, read this FDA brochure on "food ingredients and color" safety. Contact Alison Bodor.
Published in Brief: