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FDA BAN. Artificial colors have been responsible for a range of adverse reactions. Derived from coal tar, 13 synthetic colorants have been banned by the FDA since 1956 because of public-health concerns. The remaining certified nonvegetable-based dyes, such as Red No.3 and Yellow No.5, continue to raise eyebrows among safe-food advocates. Red No.3, which is banned in cosmetics yet colors such foods as maraschino cherries and pistachio nuts, causes thyroid cancer in rats. Yellow No.5—used in cookies, cake mixes, chips, and soft drinks—must be individually listed on ingredient labels, rather than referred to as artificial color, because it is associated with such allergic reactions as hives, runny nose, and shortness of breath.
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