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What are the FDA regulations regarding color additives to food?

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The FDA regulates color additives to ensure that they are safe for human consumption. Regulation also helps ensure that foods with coloring are accurately labeled so that consumers know what they are eating. To determine the approval of an additive, the FDA studies the additive's composition and how much is consumed, and notes any health effects and safety issues. Once the food dye is approved, the FDA determines an appropriate level of use for that additive. The FDA only allows an additive to be approved if the additive has a reasonable certainty of no harm to consumers.

From: Food Dye and ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: “Food Ingredients and Colors.”

National Institutes of Health: “Hyperactivity and Sugar.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “ADHD: What Parents Should Know.”

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 1, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: “Food Ingredients and Colors.”

National Institutes of Health: “Hyperactivity and Sugar.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “ADHD: What Parents Should Know.”

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 1, 2018

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