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Artificial food dyes are added to a slew of products ranging from fruit snacks to juices to cereals. Food manufacturers put more than 15 million pounds of synthetic dyes into foods and beverages every year. But according to a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), all those dyes can cause cancers, allergic reactions, and hyperactivity.

The FDA's own former acting commissioner said in 1985 that the dye Red 3 can induce cancer. Despite its known health risks, food manufacturers use more than 200,000 pounds of the substance every year.

Demand that the FDA take consumers' health seriously. Tell the agency to ban synthetic food dyes and encourage food manufacturers to use all-natural coloring.

Letter to
Deputy Commissioner/FDA Joshua Sharfstein
Press Officer/FDA Mike Herndon
Commissioner/FDA Margaret Hamburg
A new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) shows that synthetic food dyes can cause cancer, allergic reactions, and hyperactivity. Yet despite these health risks, food manufacturers are allowed to load foods and beverages with more than 15 million pounds of artificial dyes every year.

It's time to take consumers' health seriously. Ban the use of the dyes Blue 1, Blue 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 and encourage food manufacturers to use all-natural food coloring.