Target: Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Commissioner, FDA
Goal: End the use of harmful coloring in our food.
Many foods on grocery store shelves in the United States are produced using artificial dyes known to contain cancer-causing chemicals. Studies suggest that some artificial food colorings also contribute to the widespread hyperactivity epidemic gripping the nation. While artificially dyed foods are banned outright or mandated to carry warning labels across the UK and Europe, no such guidelines exist in the U.S.
Numerous artificial dyes, some derived from petrochemicals, go into many of the foods we eat every day. Three of the most commonly used, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are made using petrochemicals that are known to cause cancer in animals and humans. Many of the same foods in this country containing chemical food dyes are made in Europe and the UK using safe, natural alternatives.
According to a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, “[t]he FDA has established legal limits for cancer-causing contaminates in dyes. Those limits are intended to ensure that a dye will not pose a lifetime risk of greater than one cancer in one million people.” Despite this, the study further notes, changes in dietary habits have rendered this legal limit inaccurate. As much as twice the amount of dye containing foods are now consumed per capita than when the limits were established. Add to this that a considerable number of foods containing chemical dyes such as candy, cereals, and soda are aimed at children, whose smaller size means that more chemicals are ingested per pound of body weight than adults, and it is clear there is a mounting health catastrophe.
It is time we follow nations around the world who have removed these harmful substances from their food. Tell the FDA to ban the use of artificial food dyes from our grocery shelves.
Dear Dr. Ostroff,
The use of dangerous chemical dyes in our food must stop. Many of these colorings contain petrochemicals that are known human and animal carcinogens. Studies suggest that hyperactivity disorder is directly linked to ingestion of these chemical dyes.
The FDA exists for the sole purpose of keeping the citizens of this country safe from hazards in our consumables. To allow even trace amounts of known poisons in foods, particularly foods that are widely consumed by children whose small size and continued development puts them at far greater risk than adults, is frankly despicable.
Around the world, governments have banned the use of these additives, and food producers have made the switch to safe, natural alternatives. If it can be done elsewhere, surely it can be done here. We all deserve to feel safe about the food we eat, and as long as the FDA continues to allow these toxic substances that safety is severely jeopardized. It is time for the US to follow other nations and remove harmful chemical food coloring from our grocery shelves.
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