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.


The Latest Raw Milk Raid: An Attack on Food Freedom?

August 3 was a telling day for food freedom in America, but the events were framed in terms of food safety. In Venice, California, the Rawesome raw food club was raided by armed federal and county agents who arrested a club volunteer and seized computers, files, cash, and $70,000 worth of perishable produce. James Stewart, 64, was charged on 13 counts, 12 of them related to the processing and sale of unpasteurized milk to club members. The other count involved unwashed, room-temperature eggs—a storage method Rawesome members prefer. The agents dumped gallons of raw milk and filled a large flatbed with seized food, including coconuts, watermelons, and frozen buffalo meat.

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Factory Farm Investigations Mapped

Proposed “Ag Gag” laws threaten the only way that the public can find out how meat, dairy, and eggs are really produced, and reveal that agribusiness wants to hide their activities from the public.

The interactive map (viewable here) locates factory farms that animal protection groups have exposed through undercover investigations. Among the findings of these investigations are animals living in filthy conditions, animals intensively confined for their entire lives, animals mutilated without painkillers, sick and suffering animals left to languish for extended periods, violations of animal welfare and food safety regulations, and egregious criminal acts of animal torture. Viewed individually, the actions shown might be dismissed as isolated incidents. Taken together, however, they reveal a pattern of disregard for animal welfare and routine cruelty-to-animals throughout animal agriculture. They also reveal that many legal, standard agricultural procedures are unconscionably cruel and cause prolonged suffering for animals. Many standard practices in animal agriculture must change, and new laws are needed in order to enforce basic standards of welfare for animals. There are currently no federal laws protecting the welfare of animals on farms.

Food Safety Bill Passed

This week something happened that will change the future of our food. First, the US Senate passed the infamous s.510 “food safety bill” in a sneaky, last minute voice vote. All Senators, both Republican and Democrats voted for this bill, not a single objection to it. The bill (HR 2751)  then went on to The House of Representatives and was quickly passed as well. It now awaits the President’s signature for it to be in effect. To read what this means to the safety of our food, click here.

Meat Industry Pay Its Own Way

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the United Kingdom may be about to do something that would be unthinkable in the United States—making the meat industry pay for the inspection services it needs to operate.  Through next Feb. 1, FSA is seeking “consultation on proposals to charge the UK meat industry the full cost of official controls on meat.”  FSA says it is “keen to hear the views” of all on its plan to make the British meat industry pay for controls on meat. To read the rest of this interesting article, click here.

Will The Food Safety Bill Make Food Safe?

With a vote likely imminent on the Food Safety Bill S510 this week, many of us want to call our Senators and weigh in on the impending vote, which will affect food quality, safety and price for years to come.

But we aren’t sure exactly how to weigh in because confusion about this bill is so rampant. Most agree that something needs to be done about industrial suppliers whose unhealthy livestock farming practices led to the recent salmonella outbreak and recall of eggs. But the question is what? Read the rest of the article here.

Food Safety Tips for the Budget-Conscious

EGGS, lettuce, peanuts, spinach. It seems as if every time we turn around there is another outbreak of a scary foodborne illness. This summer’s huge egg recall was the latest reminder that we do battle against dangerous pathogens like E. coli and salmonella in our kitchens every day. Kathleen McCleary of Falls Church, Va., revamped her shopping and cooking routines after she became ill with E. coli that she and her doctors thought she got from bagged lettuce. The 50-year-old novelist described her new routine: “I buy almost all my meat and produce from the local farmers’ market, I cook everything thoroughly, my cutting board is clearly labeled on either side for meats and vegetables and I keep a little hydrogen peroxide on my sink to wash down surfaces where any dangerous germs could lurk.” Click here to read the rest of this article. (via NYT)

Make Eggs, Not Salmonella.

In the past week, nearly 400 million eggs have been recalled in the US. This of course, is due to a scary little bacteria called salmonella. Salmonella is a nasty little, preventable motile enterobacteria that infects about 142,000 Americans each year, primarily from the eggs of chickens. Unfortunately, about 30 of these people die from the contamination. So how does this salmonella get into the egg? Well, that’s when we must turn our attention to the sad practice of factory farming poultry. Wikipedia states that: “The shell of the egg may be contaminated with salmonella by feces or a stale environment, or its interior (yolk).” So if the egg can become contaminated by feces or a stale environment, how do you prevent this from happening? We’ll first off, you don’t stack chickens on top of chickens on top of chickens in cages where they can’t even open their wings and the light of day is non-existant. Continue reading