The FDA Is Accused Of Failing To Protect Children From The Dangers Of Food Coloring

Coloring food with artificial dyes is a long time practice of food manufacturers to make their food products more appealing to consumers.  Children are especially targeted with bright color foods to increase their desire for unhealthy food products.

Recently, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), released a report that accuses The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for “failing to protect children” from the disturbing behavioral problems caused by artificial food dyes. Even though evidence of the dangers to children from artificial food dyes has continued to mount since 2011, the CSPI says the FDA’s continued inaction is disturbing.  Since the 1970s, researchers has been studying the potential link of artificial food coloring to the rise in rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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In contrast, since 2010, the European Union has require warning labels for various food dyes.  Certain studies indicate that children are eating very significant amounts of food dyes in their daily diets.  A recent study conducted by Dr. Ameena Batada of the University of North Carolina and the CSPI found that more than 90% of child-oriented candies, fruit-flavored snacks, and drink mixes and powders are artificially colored. It also showed that a majority of child-oriented foods made by such companies as Kraft, PepsiCo, and General Mills are dyed with artificial colors.

The CSPI’s report, titled Seeing Red, says in order to protect children, the FDA should:

(1)  Ban synthetic dyes in foods and beverages since they do not meet the legal safety standard. Companies that wish to use a synthetic dye in food must submit convincing evidence showing that the dye is safe and does not cause adverse behavior.

(2)  As an interim measure, require warning labels on dyed foods stating:

“WARNING: This food contains synthetic food colorings that may impair the behavior of some children.”

(3) Update information on the FDA website and in other materials to accurately inform the public that food dyes can impair the behavior of some children.

PARENTS AND CHILD CARE PROVIDERS !!!!   Take precautions to avoid feeding children any food products containing artificial food dyes.  READ FOOD PRODUCT LABELS CLOSELY.   Read food product labels closely to see if any artificial colors or artificial dyes are listed.  Avoid products containing artificial food colors and dyes whenever possible.

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Our Easter Catering Menu is Here!

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With Easter only a few weekends away, simplify your celebrations with the healthiest, most delicious catering around.  We’ve created a special menu just for the occasion and have everything you need, whether it’s a light brunch or hearty dinner with friends and family.

Download our menu here!

Orders may be placed in-store with the bakery and kitchen or by calling 359-7525.  The deadline to pre-order your catering is April 3rd at 5PM.  Didn’t make the deadline?  Need a last minute addition to your meal?  Select items will be available in the Grab & Go case April 3rd through April 5th.

INTRODUCING // Lockhart Family Farm Rare-Breed Pork

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Starting Friday, March 13th, we are proud to add local, heritage breed pork from Lockhart Family Farm to our meat selection!  Sustainably-raised just 35 miles from our store, Lockhart Family Farm is internationally renowned for their superior animal husbandry.  Run by two generations of Lockharts, the farm is rooted in permaculture and other natural farming techniques, raising rare and heritage breed pigs and poultry with a strong focus around community and education.

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Vote Small for Style Weekly’s “Best of Richmond” 2015 Reader’s Choice

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Small businesses do more than just add to our local community and economy, they make us unique.  With only a few days left, remember to “vote small” by this Saturday, March 14th and support your favorite locally grown establishments!

Cast your votes here.

BOOK CLUB // Vote for the Next Book!

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For our next Book Club meeting, YOU get to pick the book! We started with a few recommendations from past book clubbers and stewards, and now you get the final say!

The nominees are:

  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets
  • Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin

Email your pick to trichardson@ellwoodthompsons.com, or vote by “liking” the book on our Facebook page here.  The winning selection will be announced Monday, March 23rd!

Local Vendor of the Month: Cricket Cove Soap Co.

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Made with love in Glen Allen, VA, owner and creator Britt Hayes handcrafts Cricket Cove Soap Co.’s soaps from scratch, in small batches, using a variety of high quality natural oils, plant butters, and pure essential oils. Give them a try for yourself in-store next Tuesday, March 10th, from 3 to 6PM!