The Center for Science in the Public Interest, based on data from the Food & Drug Administration, has just issued a press release about the high amounts of food dyes in beverages and foods eaten by children. For example, Little Debbie Swiss Rolls, are colored with 32 milligrams (that’s a lot!) of Yellow #5, Red #40 and Blue #1 per serving. These dyes are used to color the product brown because it only contains 2% cocoa!!! These products are made with sugar, water, flour, and oil.
Black Cherry soda, owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, is colored with Blue#1, Red #40, and Yellow #5. Betty Crocker’s Black Decorating Icing has 80 mg of dyes per serving–Blue #1, Blue #2, Red #40, and Yellow #6.
C’mon companies. Do what’s right for American children and replace the artificial dyes (made from petroleum by-products) with natural ones NOW as they have done in the European Union!