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Avoid Synthetic Dyes By Buying Organic Foods Only, OTA Advises

July 2, 2010: 02:27 AM EST
Consumers who want to avoid ingesting synthetic dyes from their foods can switch to organic, the Organic Trade Association advises. The advice follows on the heels of a call from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to ban the use of synthetic dyes in coloring foods because they present “a rainbow of risks” that includes allergic reactions, hyperactivity and possibly cancer. Organic foods are barred from using synthetic dyes, and must be processed without use of toxic and synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, etc. “Organic handlers do not use any synthetic dyes in organic food products,” an OTA executive said. “It is another one of the benefits of choosing organic foods where you shop.” National organic standards are regulated by the USDA’s National Organic Program.
OTA, "Consumers can choose organic products to avoid synthetic food dyes", Press Release, The Organic Associoation (OTA), July 02, 2010, © OTA
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