10 April 2008 18:02 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) on Thursday urged government ministers to support phasing out artificial food colourings linked to hyperactivity in children.
Delegates attending the FSA’s open board meeting discussed the findings of a £750,000 ($1.5m/ €945,000) six-week study it had commissioned to examine the effects of six artificial colours and the preservative sodium benzoate on children.
"If one puts consumers first, and if you bear in mind that these [colours] are not necessary, then the evidence suggests that it would be sensible for these to be taken out of the food that children eat, and by definition, what everybody eats," said FSA chair Deirdre Hutton.
“The advice we will pass to ministers is that we would like to see the use of colours in food and drink phased out. We do recognise that this might take some time but we would like to see voluntary action in the ?xml:namespace>
Research by the
The colourings included in the study were sunset yellow (E110), allura red (E129), tatrazine (E102), quinoline yellow (E104), carmoisine (E122) and ponceau 4R (E124). The last three are already banned in the
Julian Hunt, director of communications for the Food and Drink Federation, said he was surprised by the FSA’s move.
“The FSA proposal puts the
Although an independent watchdog, the European Food Safety Authority last month ruled out a ban based on the
The global food additives market is growing rapidly. According to a report from US-based market research firm Global Industry Analysts, the sector will be worth $29bn (€18bn) by 2010, up from around $26.7bn this year.
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