Cancer risk found in food colourings | Health & Health Hazards | Forum

Please consider registering
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope


Forum Options

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
Cancer risk found in food colourings
July 18, 2010
5:53 pm
Level 0
Forum Posts: 4298
Member Since:
April 9, 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

July 19, 2010 01:12 AM

FOOD authorities are reviewing alarming scientific evidence that artificial colourings found in thousands of daily food items could pose a cancer risk, as well as cause hyperactivity and allergic reactions in children.
The Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks report by the Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in the US wants the common colours to be banned.

The colours include the widely used yellow 5, also known as tartrazine (E102); yellow 6, or sunset yellow (E110); blue 1, (133); red 40 or allura red (E129) and red 3 (E127).

CSPI executive director and report co-author Michael F. Jacobson said the colours had been shown to cause cancer in rats and trigger behavioural problems in children.

"These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods but trigger behaviour problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody," Mr Jacobson said.

Download a list of food additives from the Food Intolerance Network

The research follows a 2008 Southampton University study which found several colours - sunset yellow, allura red and tartrazine - caused hyperactivity and loss of attention in children.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), along with its American counterpart the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are looking at the latest findings.

"We are assessing the data, and if there is good scientific evidence we will make changes," FSANZ spokesman Lydia Buchtman said.

Ms Buchtman said FSANZ previously had reviewed the Southampton study and concluded the colours were safe for the general population.

From Tuesday, European food manufacturers will be required to carry the warning "may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children" if products contain the artificial colours.

However, Ms Buchtman said FSANZ had no plans to apply the same regulations in Australia.

Sue Dengate from the Food Intolerance Network said the colours were found in 1154 Australian products including Fruit Loops, Arnott's Tim Tams, Nestle Smarties, Aeroplane Jelly, Allen's Freckles and several Coles Smart Buy and Woolworths Select products.

"Most parents who have seen the effects on their children are outraged," Ms Dengate said.

Forum Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
Most Users Ever Online: 341
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 48
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Top Posters:
greeney2: 10393
bionic: 9871
Lashmar: 5290
tigger: 4577
rath: 4298
DIss0n80r: 4162
sandra: 3859
frrostedman: 3816
Wing-Zero: 3279
Tairaa: 2843
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 2
Members: 25648
Moderators: 0
Admins: 2
Forum Stats:
Groups: 8
Forums: 31
Topics: 9796
Posts: 126328
Newest Members:
RKJ92, jameswarner, Miss Manhattan, isabella, Isabella, vitriol, Baddkarma, Ohm, Giulia jones, Hans
Administrators: John Greenewald: 690, blackvault: 1777