06-04-08, 01:16 PM #1
While USA uses a lot of artificial food coloring derived from Coal tars, UK is slowing banning them.
After trials involving about 200 children, researchers at the UK's Southampton University found a statistically significant link between hyperactive behavior and the consumption of certain artificial colors, including Red 40 and Yellow 5.
The European Food Safety Authority, a key European Union agency, concluded this spring that the Southampton study provided "limited evidence" of a link between dyes and hyperactivity.
But the UK's Food Standards Agency this spring recommended that by the end of 2009, food manufacturers should stop using several artificial colors. It also called for the UK to lobby for a Europe-wide ban.
Leading UK supermarket chains have pledged to cut back on selling food containing "nasties," a common British description of artificial additives. And it's common to see food labels extolling "no junk," another allusion to additives, said Lynn Dornblaser, a trends analyst at market researcher Mintel International.
"It's fascinating to see the shift in the market in the UK," she said.
And it has spread to restaurants too. Oak Brook-based McDonald's Corp. uses natural colorings for strawberry shakes and sundaes sold in the UK, while it uses artificial dyes for the same in the U.S.
06-04-08, 01:56 PM #2
Rice is bleached to be white in the US, because of the process known as removing the Bran layer which tints the grain.
06-04-08, 07:08 PM #3
dyes in food has never bothered me. I've had more important things to worry about than food coloring.
06-04-08, 07:34 PM #4
06-04-08, 07:41 PM #5
so parents who feed their kids shakes want to blame the coloring for hyper kids?
06-04-08, 07:47 PM #6
I am sure there is a reason for adding products from coal tar which is not from natural food supply that humans grew up in 50,000 years.
"At Burger King, Wendy's, and McDonald's coloring agents have been added to many of the soft drinks, salad dressings, cookies, condiments, chicken dishes, and sandwich buns."
06-04-08, 07:50 PM #7
yeah, because their customers won't eat pale looking food. They do it cuz its what we want. Coloring costs money, adding it costs money. I'm sure if people would buy it, they would stop spending the money on it.
07-25-08, 08:09 AM #8
a touch of reality
07-25-08, 08:20 AM #9
This was sent out by the Feingold Association, and I would like to share it with your readers:
McDONALD'S WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!
McDonald's has been in touch with the CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) and has told them that they really aren't sure that Americans are concerned about the fact that their food contains synthetic dyes. McDonald's has asked their nutrition & labeling manager, Julia Braun, to gather information on whether or not consumers have any interest in this area.
Julia says that McDonald's rarely does anything unless they can document a consumer demand, so she has invited parents to write to her and share their feelings about food dyes, and she has provided information below on how to reach her.
Her contact info:
Julia Braun, MPH, RD
Nutrition & Labeling Manager
2111 McDonald's Drive
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Remember to sign your email with your name and address at the bottom, or at least give your city and state because they need it for their demographics.
Let's change history, everybody!
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