California bans food additives including red dye No. 3. What experts say?

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HCD summarizes the news:

Red No. 3 dye — found in candy, ice cream, cakes, chocolate and more — has been banned in California. Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a ban on the use of synthetic food coloring, along with three other potentially harmful chemicals : potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil and propylparaben (4 additives in all ) . These substances are used in processed foods and in foods and beverages sold in the United States.

Congressman Jesse Gabriel, the bill’s author, clarified in a statement that "this bill would not ban any food or product — it would require food companies to make modifications small for their food recipes and switch to safer alternatives as used in Europe as well as many other places around the globe.”

(HCD: Europe has banned it for a long time, Europe focuses on food safety, the US has not yet caught up. Cali is a state that has always been known for being quite strong in protecting the environment, so many large manufacturers, testing For example, electronics companies have always had a lot of cows running around. Now, Cali takes the lead in banning three additives that Europe and the world have banned for a long time (including Vietnam if I remember correctly).

Vietnam bans both additives in instant noodles (Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate), and some other processed foods, this substance makes food delicious and "addictive" (the US does not ban).

California’s Food Safety Act is being applauded by some parents who claim red food dye No. 3. One is father of three, Matt Parks, who told Yahoo Life that he and his late wife Try your best to keep your child from being exposed to red dye No. 3.
Parks said he has ADHD and noticed that when he used products with red No. 3 dye, he felt more irritable and agitated. “It’s not the cause of those symptoms, but it appears to be the cause of those symptoms,” he said. "When our children consume products containing red No. 3 dye, they tend to become more hyperactive and have difficulty concentrating," he told Yahoo Life. "This can be especially difficult for our daughter, who already struggles with attention issues."

Yarwood said his family has come up with a list of common products containing dyes to avoid and noted that the list continues to grow. “It is upsetting to know that this dye is banned from use in cosmetics due to its harmful effects but it is still used in everyday foods for people to consume,” he said.

Carrie Conrad, a mother of three, says her children probably dye food red once or twice a year during birthday parties, noting that "every time we do it, we regret it." ". Conrad said her children most recently dyed cotton candy pink at a Renaissance festival and it didn’t end well. “My children lost control of themselves,” she said. "There was screaming, running, rioting. The kids couldn’t connect or subscribe to any of the safety rules. It was absolute chaos."

It’s important to note that the claims about red No. 3 dye are not just anecdotal. This chemical has been linked to behavioral problems in children.

Jamie Alan, an associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University, tells Yahoo Life that studies on red dye No. 3 are limited and only show an association — not red dye No. 3 actually causes certain health problems or behaviors. But Alan says it’s important to consider this: "There are no known health risks to red dye. There are only potential harms, although the evidence is unclear."

Dr. Daniel Ganjian, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, told Yahoo Life that he "welcomes" the ban on red food dye. “Parents are realizing that these food labels are getting longer and longer, and they have a right to know how these foods may affect their children,” he said.

“Exposing children to red dye is unethical because of its science as animal studies show it can harm them,” Ganjian said.

Ganjian said he’s seen children get "agitated" after eating candy laced with red No. 3 dye. “Not to mention the sugar,”

The California Food Safety Act would ban Red No. 3 dye, potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oils and propylparaben in the production, distribution or sale of food in California, effective 2027.

What can parents do now? If possible, Alan recommends doing your best to avoid red No. 3 dye, by choosing dye-free foods or foods with more natural colors, such as beetroot extract.
This article was originally published on April 5, 2023 and has been updated.

HCD: Surely some of you don’t know which processed foods contain these substances. Please read the ingredients on the label.

As an example, I took a picture of NongShim’s cup noodles sold in Costco and grocery stores in the US.

Now take a photo of its Ingredients label:

If you exaggerate a little, you can see that there are some substances that should not be eaten (high light yellow).

What about Red 40 and Red 3? Here it is:

Surely every housewife knows this baking color well, Vietnamese bakeries in the US use it.

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1. Red dye 40 is a common artificial coloring used in processed foods, beverages, drugs, and cosmetics. |
2. Over the years, research has raised many concerns about the food additive’s safety.
3. Despite FDA regulations, studies have noted a possible link between red dye 40 and symptoms of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) in children.

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When I was little, in the 1940s, my father forbade the whole family to eat colored cakes and sticky rice. Now I see that my father was much better at everything than me.

Just saying red (reds 40 and reds 3) is already a long time, there are three more substances to resolve later.