The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety , efficacy, cosmetics , and products that emit radiation.
After conducting research on the pros and cons on the use of artificial food coloring , choose a side in which you argue whether the Food and Drug Administration Should or Should not effect a ban on the use of artificial food coloring.
To start off, many food coloring just haven’t been tested enough to determine the long-term dangers. We’re not talking about ingesting small amounts, either.Consumption of food dyes has increased 500 percent in the past 50 years! As for the dyes that have been tested, studies have come back inconclusive — but some have shown links to certain types of cancers.
Other studies — more than 30 years’ worth of research, according to The Center for Science in the Public Interest — link food coloring to hyperactivity and behavior problems in children.The Center wants the FDA to ban certain dyes that they say cause these issues.
Their petition includes two of the most common, Yellow 5 and Red 40, as well as Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 and Yellow 6.
Internationally, the U.S. is behind other countries on its artificial dye policies. The U.K.’s Food Standards Agency has imposed a voluntary ban on several of these dyes because of their potential harm.And although they turned down a more widespread ban, the European Parliament agreed to place warning labels on all European-produced foods containing one of six artificial coloring.