The US-based Centre for Science in the Public Interest has called for warnings on foods containing certain food dyes that they could have a harmful effect on children.

The non-profit nutrition and food safety watchdog says foods containing dye such as Red40 and Yellow 5 should carry the information that they could adversely affect children’s behavior.

The organization has collected over 2,000 complaints from parents saying their children were adversely impacted by the chemicals

The CSPI is seeking warning labels of the type that the FDA has mandated for unpasteurized juices and foods containing aspartame.

In Europe, such warning labels have prompted food companies to replace chemical dyes with natural colourants.

The consumer group says that awareness could avoid the needless suffering of children and families, as well as potentially avert the need for medication or other medical interventions in some children.


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