ADHD: Ban Artificial Food Dyes

Activists are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban artificial food dyes after more research confirms the link to ADHD. David Kohn of The Baltimore Sun explains:
"At this point, there's no evidence of a connection between dyes and children's behavior," says FDA consumer safety officer Judith Kidwell. She points out that in 1982, a National Institutes of Health panel examined the safety of artificial dyes and found no evidence of risk.

That attitude frustrates activists. "They're at least 20 years behind the science," says Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Last month, the group petitioned the FDA to ban use of the dyes, as well as sodium benzoate, a common preservative that critics also suspect of contributing to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

"At the very least, they ought to give some consideration to what the British government is doing," Jacobson said.

The FDA is reviewing the CSPI's petition; a spokesman said he didn't know when the agency would respond.

Scientists aren't sure how these chemicals might affect the brain. There are only eight artificial food dyes used in the U.S. To get specific colors, manufacturers mix them.
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KT - July 22, 2008 1:23 PM

The FDA knows thats a bunch of hog wash! They are keeping the additives in food, because then the drug companies keep getting their cut through the meds sold to counter act the adhd. The US food companies are removing these deadly chemicals in the products they ship to Europe, because Europe is demading it, and isnt controlled by the FDA. Sadly, they are keeping all this garbage in the food sold her... Nice, huh.
As a mother of a chemically sensitive child, this angers me!! I took my daughter off those insane drugs, changed how we eat, and she is now an amazing, sweet, loving, calm child! There is the study research they refuse to see. If they really thought the two werent linked, then they would do a new study, but they wont.....
I hope their money serves them well here, because on the other side of this life, they will answer for all the people they allowed to die of cancer and drugs. The blood is on their hands!

d7 - January 17, 2009 10:32 PM

I say ban the FDA. There's no need to pay these people to deceive us year after year. We can get that service for free elsewhere.

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