IFIC Statement: Purdue University Study on Food Colors

ABC’s Good Morning America this morning ran a story about a study taking a look at the levels of artificial food colors in some foods and, in particular, what effects if any there might be on children.

IFIC Statement

“The conclusion of many scientists and academic experts who have studied artificial food colors in great detail is that the current research has found them to be safe for use in foods and beverages and not to cause hyperactivity in children. The FDA evaluates all food colors for safety before they are approved for use in foods and beverages, and sets levels for their use that are much lower than what would be expected to have any adverse effects. Parents should include a variety of foods to ensure a balanced diet, and if they have concerns, they should consult food labels and their child’s physician.”   
- David B. Schmidt, president and CEO of the Int’l Food Information Council