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Concern grows over artificial colour use September 17, 2007

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Sep 17 2007

 

by Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail

Orders for artificial colours have fallen dramatically in recent years as some manufacturers opt for a more ‘natural’ approach to food production. But with the use of colourings still widespread in sweets and other children’s foods, there are still concerns about additives. Health Editor Madeleine Brindley reports

CONTROVERSY has long surrounded the practice of adding artificial colours – not to mention other additives – to our food.

There have been suspicions that the E numbers have contributed to hyperactivity in children and they have even been blamed for the increasing levels of allergies.

The University of Southampton appeared to confirm such fears earlier this month as it linked a group of six artificial colourings and one preservative to hyperactivity in some children already prone to the condition.

Professor Jim Stevenson, who led the Food Standards Agency-commissioned study, said, “We now have clear evidence that mixtures of certain food colours and benzoate preservative can adversely influence the behaviour of children. There is some previous evidence that some children with behavioural disorders could benefit from the removal of certain food colours from their diet.  Story Continues….

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