Update on products free of colours associated with hyperactivity
Wednesday 1 April 2009
The Agency has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children.
The list includes both companies whose product ranges have never contained the six colours as well as product ranges that have been reformulated to remove the colours. The colours, identified by a Southampton University study financed by the Food Standards Agency, are:
- sunset yellow FCF (E110)
- quinoline yellow (E104)
- carmoisine (E122)
- allura red (E129)
- tartrazine (E102)
- ponceau 4R (E124)
Blue Keld Springs Ltd is the latest food manufacturer producing product lines free of the colours.
The Agency is publicising the product ranges to encourage the food industry to participate in the voluntary ban. The voluntary ban was agreed to by Ministers late last year.
Consumers who are particularly concerned about the presence of the colours will be advised to continue to check labels, especially in the case of products with a long shelf-life where the availability of reformulated products may vary.
Any food manufacturer or retailer wishing to notify the Agency that their brands or products are free of these colours, should email details to Clair Baynton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Agency’s website will be updated regularly as new information is provided.