Anyway, I saw this GoodGuide article about the E.U. examining some food colorants that may "have adverse reactions in children" and it made me think of that great book. Anecdotally, a woman I know who did in-home childcare for 30 years told me about a young boy she used to watch who was a hyperactive mess. Finally, the mom found a doctor who tested and found that he was allergic to a certain red food dye. Once she removed it from his diet, he was a different child. How scary is that?
The UK's Food Standards Agency was reviewing (as of March 2009) these six coloring agents and placed a voluntary ban on them (these are the US equivalent names):
- FD&C Yellow 5
- FD&C Yellow 6
- FD&C Yellow 10
- FD&C Red 4
- FD&C Red 40
As of May 1, 2009, many UK companies voluntarily removed the above dyes from their products. You can see a list here.