Stop using banned food additives that can harm our kids
  • Petitioned Allseps Confectionary

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Allseps Confectionary

Stop using banned food additives that can harm our kids

    1. John Broadbent
    2. Petition by

      John Broadbent

      Terrey Hills, Australia

Artificial colours can cause serious behavioural problems -- some are even possible carcinogens -- and most are completely banned in the US and Europe. But not in Australia.

I was at a birthday party with my son recently, and when I checked the ingredients on the Allseps lolly bag handed out by the venue, I found that every colour on the list had been banned in other countries.

The stories are terrifying. Many parents say their kids were aggressive and showed ADHD-like behaviour because of the additives, and countless others -- including my own son -- become hyperactive and very unsettled when they’re exposed to these artificial colours.

There’s no reason for Allseps to keep exposing our kids to these additives when they are banned in so many other places -- and even huge supermarkets like Coles, Woolworths and Aldi are eliminating them.

Our kids deserve better protection than this. I’m asking Allseps to listen to parents like me who want their kids to grow up without this harmful additives, and stop using artificial colours in their lollies.


Here is a list of the additives in the Lolly Pack and information on them:

  • 102 - Tartrazine - Banned in Norway, Austria and Finland. Restricted use in Sweden and Germany. 

Known issues: asthma attacks, urticaria, confusion, wakefullness, inhibits zinc metabolism and interferes with digestive enzymes

  • 104 - Quinoline Yellow - Banned in Austria, Japan, USA and Norway. 

Known issues: asthma, rashes and hyperactivity

  • 110 - Sunset Yellow - Banned in Finland, Norway and the UK

Known issues: abdominal pain, hyperactivity, hives, nasal congestion, broncho-constriction, kidney tumours, chromosomal damage, distaste for food, urticaria, swelling of the blood vessels, gastric upset. Potentially dangerous to asthmatics

  • 122 - Carmoisine - Banned in Austria, Japan, Norway, Sweden and USA

Known issues: may be carcinogenic, can produce bad reactions in asthmatics and people allergic to aspirin; and can cause hyperactivity, urticaria and oedema

  • 124 - Cochineal - Banned in Canada, Norway, USA (in 1976 for cancer causing agents). Restricted in Sweden

Known issues: carcinogen in animals, can produce bad reactions in asthmatics and people allergic to aspirin

  • 133 - Brilliant blue - Banned in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden

Known issues: hyperactivity, skin rashes, broncho-constriction, chromosomal damage

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Wow, so much support

      John Broadbent
      Petition Organizer

      Hi good people!

      Out of the blue various groups have gotten on board this petition and broadcast it through their social networks and newsletters, and we've gone from 76 signatures last Fri to over 800 today!!

      I am heartened that something I hold so dear to my own heart, that being 'clean' food for our children, has found resonance in the wider community.

      Sincere thanks for your support!

      Keep you posted,


    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Petition Being Signed!

      John Broadbent
      Petition Organizer

      Well, we're getting signatures so that's a positive sign! I've been advised by the good folks at Change.Org to aim the petition at the suplier of the Lolly Pack, as pressure on one supplier will most likely produce an outcome. If you want to read about the company that created the pack, it was Allseps of Melbourne. They call it 'quality confectionary' ... not so sure!

      Keep you posted of developments.

    5. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      Because my Children are affected by the additives and chemicals used in many foods.

      • about 2 years ago

      I care about our children

    • tania hoskin AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      My sons behaviour changes after having these additives. He was very aggressive after a party that his teacher was in shock because it was not like him. Additives in the party food caused this and we have seen this at other times also.

      Please take these additives out of your products and we will then buy them.

    • john hoskin AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      We have had behavioural issues with our 5 year old after consuming food additives same as these. Hyperactivity, anxiety and aggressiveness occur so please do the right thing and take these things away from our poor children.

    • Joedy Danvers NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I have small children and stay away from these additives , but unfortunatley not everyone knows about these numbers. I would like to buy an australian made product but without these additives.


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