April 2011: The USFDA advisory panel has voted 8 to 6 against warning labels on synthetic food dyes

The committee said that there wasn't enough evidence to definitively say that food dyes contribute to ADHD. However, it did go on to say that for some children with ADHD and other behavioral problems, these dyes may exacerbate their problems. But dyes may not be the only food additive that has this effect, the FDA noted. http://www.healthfinder.gov/News/newsstory.aspx?docid=651471 "The decision is based on the alleged lack of iron-clad scientific evidence that food dyes systematically cause hyperactivity in children, and not on the evidence that no causal link exists whatsoever. In other words, the burden of proof is put on those who have the health of kids (and adults) at heart, not on the food industry that pumps its processed food for kids with petroleum-based dyes. Never mind that the same panelists acknowledged that the chemicals can worsen symptoms in children already prone to behavioral problems ..." http://www.care2.com/greenliving/fda-reopens-food-dyes-debate.html.

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