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EFSA Lowers Acceptable Intake Levels Of Three Food Colors

November 12, 2009: 07:03 AM EST
Citing a U.K. study that linked mixtures of certain food colors and the preservative sodium benzoate with hyperactivity in children, the European Food Safety Authority’s additives panel reduced the acceptable daily intakes (ADIs) of three of six food colors commonly used in soft drinks, bakery products and desserts. The ADIs of Quinoline Yellow, Sunset Yellow FCF and Ponceau 4R were all lowered. A fourth, Tartrazine, might bring about intolerance reactions like skin irritation in some people, but evidence on it and the remaining two colors, Azorubine/Carmoisine and Allura Red AC, was not conclusive enough to warrant ADI changes.
"EFSA updates safety advice on six food colours", European Food and Safety Authority, November 12, 2009, © EFSA
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