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The Wall Street Journal reports that a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel has voted 8-6 not to recommend that the government require labels advising consumers that there could be a link between artificial food dyes and hyperactivity in children.

However, the panel did suggest that more studies need to be done.

“The issue of food labels was hotly debated and included discussion of labels that state the possibility of hyperactivity as a result of food dyes,” the Journal writes. “The panel also discussed labels on products only aimed at children and labels stating that adequate studies haven't been done to examine the effects on children.

“FDA panelist Wesley Burks, from Duke University Medical Center, said that too many warnings make it more difficult for the consumer to discern actual harms. While ultimately the panel voted against warning labels, there was concern on the panel of making the public more aware of possible allergies or other reactions to food dyes.”
KC's View:
Study away. Please. If there is a problem, as both a parent and a taxpayer, I want to know it and I think this is the kind of thing the government should do.

I refuse to accept on faith either the position of some experts that there is a connection between the dyes and hyperactivity, nor the official industry position that enough is enough, and that their safety has been proven.

What we don’t know is far greater than what we do know. Study away.