A Panel of the European Food Safety Authority, aided by experts in child behaviour and psychiatry, allergy and statistics, has concluded that the findings of the study by McCann et al. (reported in Toxicology and Regulatory News 2007, 46, 180) cannot be used as a basis for altering the acceptable daily intake of specific food colours (tartrazine, ponceau 4R, sunset yellow FCF, carmoisine, quinoline yellow and allura red AC) or of sodium benzoate. The Panel did accept, however, that the study provided “limited evidence that the two different mixtures of synthetic colours and sodium benzoate tested had a small and statistically significant effect on activity and attention in children selected from the general population”.

[Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing Aids and Materials in Contact with Food (AFC) on a request from the Commission on the results of the study by McCann et al. (2007) on the effect of some colours and sodium benzoate on children’s behaviour. The EFSA Journal 2008, 660, 1. Available at on the internet.] {175303}

The above item is taken from the April 2008 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here for more details).

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