Date Published: 2 April 2014

Food products free of colourings associated with hyperactivity (UK)

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children.

The FSA's list includes companies that have product ranges that have never contained the six colours as well as companies that have reformulated their product ranges to remove the colours.

The six colours, which were 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)

Product ranges that do not include these food colourings are being publicized to encourage the food industry to participate in the voluntary ban of these chemicals that was agreed by UK ministers in November 2008.

However, anyone who is particularly concerned about the presence of these colours should continue to check food product labels carefully. For example, in the cases of products with a long shelf-life, the availability of reformulated products (without these colours) may vary.

The manufacturers Frobishers Juices Ltd and Sandwich King have recently been added to the FSA's list of product ranges that do not contain these food colourings.

Source: Food Standards Agency (FSA), UK
http://www.food.gov.uk

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