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Colours in food, food and drink warnings

An EU-wide health warning must now be put on any food or drink that still contains the colours that are thought to cause hyperactivity in some children. This is following the Southampton study, which suggested a possible link between consumption of six food colours and hyperactivity in children.

The colours are:

  • tartrazine (E102)
  • quinoline yellow (E104)
  • sunset yellow (E110)
  • carmoisine (E122)
  • ponceau 4R (E124)
  • allura Red (E129).

These six colours have been subject to a request for voluntary withdrawal in the UK by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Any food and drink containing any of the six colours, except drinks with more than 1.2% alcohol, will now have to provide a warning on the label that the colour 'may have effects on activity and attention in children'.

Visit the Food Standards Agency website for advice on label warnings if your food or dink contain certain ingredients

Last updated: 04/08/2022 11:39

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