Friday, June 6, 2008

That's it I'm moving to Europe!

No no, not because Hillary is out of the race (This mama's for Obama!), because the FDA sucks! British researchers conclusively determined that at least 7 artificial colorings added to food and drink are linked with hyperactivity in children. These additives are said to have damaging effects equal to that of leaded gasoline! The British version of the FDA is working on setting some guidelines for food and drink manufactures to replace these additives with other things. Currently the guidelines would be optional but the British consumers are forcing the hand of big company's. Mars and Kraft have already started removing these items from their products sold in the UK. When asked why they weren't removing these items from American products their response was "American consumers haven't been as concerned as the British about artificial food colors; they have been more concerned about calorie, fat and sodium content". Oh brother!

Read more here about the American non-profit organization trying to lobby the FDA to ban the use of these ingredients.


So far the only thing we can do is stop buying products containing these ingredients, (which by the way, are made of coal tar and petroleum YUMMY!). The colorings CSPI seeks to ban are: Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 3, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, and Orange B. Even if you don't have children, the idea of putting children at risk should be enough to start limiting your own intake of these products.


Some well known products that contain these ingredients are cereal, soft drinks, candies including Skittles and Starburst (sorry Kristeen! One more reason to abstain I guess.) and basically anything marketed to children. Great right!

For years people figured it was the sugar in these products causing their children to act up, apparently there is more to the story.

4 comments:

schwachmama said...

If you want even more reason to move to the EU you should read "Exposed" by Mark Schapiro...How the EU is becoming the leader in Environmental health and safety regulation. The EU is taking American studies but coming to different conclusions as to the safety of different compounds and its infuriating how the companies are creating 2 versions one strict for the EU and a much looser version for the US. There is actually an interesting part about phthalates and a law in SF where baby toys have to be phthalate free if sold in the city...so if you need or want anything let me know ;)

Erica said...

I spent a while looking for jobs in the UK (during my last big career change)... I'm all for it. Lets go! You can also have access to cars that are more environmentally friendly and much better public transport.

Anonymous said...

I'm all for it! It seems the UK has better everything....

erica said...

OK, I spent the last week (or since you posted this) trying to avoid food dyes... but it is really hard! And I eat pretty well, with a few minor exceptions that I cannot live without. The first one is candy orange slices... :-( Can't they make orange slices (skittles, and all other candy) without crap in it? Ok, haha, I get it...