Food Dyes Debate Draws On

This past week, an article was published in the New York Times entitled Artificial Dye Safe to Eat, Panel Says. In it, they argue that an expert panel has concluded that there is no proof that artificial food colorings cause hyperactivity in most children. This government panel further decided that there is no need for the foods to carry warning labels of potential to cause hyperactivity.

Curiously, 6 out of the 14 experts voted that a warning label was needed. This means that 43% of the panel found the evidence linking food coloring to ADHD alarming enough to suggest warning labels on all foods with artificial coloring.

I think it’s overwhelmingly premature to make such a bold statement as “Artificial Dye Safe to Eat” when only one expert could have tipped the balance to a 50-50 split decision.