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September 06, 2007

Food Safety Authority Advises Parents About Food Colours


The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has stated that it is aware of the UK study carried out in relation to the potential link between some artificial food colours and children’s behaviour. The results  of the study support the suggestion that consumption of some snack foods containing mixtures of certain food colours are associated with an increase in hyperactivity in some children. The FSAI has advised, that in light of these initial findings, parents of children in Ireland who could display symptoms of hyperactivity or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) should consider limiting their children’s consumption of food products containing these food colours.

The FSAI  has recommended that parents read food labels when buying products so that they can identify if they contain these food colours and thus, they can make an informed purchasing decision.

All additives used in a food or drink are required by law to be listed by either name or e-number on the product’s label. The artificial food colours examined in this study were;

Tartrazine (E102)

Ponceau 4R (E124)

Sunset Yellow (E110)

Carmoisine (E122)

Quinoline Yellow (E104)

Allura Red (E129)