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Californian bill proposes artificial colour warning labels


A bill introduced into the Californian State Legislature in February 2017 would require all food products with artificial colours to display warning labels.

The bill would require the warning to state that artificial dyes can cause behavioural problems or hyperactivity in children.  The bill was introduced by State Senator Bob Wieckowski, who claims that there is mounting evidence of a link between artificial colours and behavioural disorders.  So far no action has been taken on this issue by the FDA.

Now if we can just get Australian states to take a similar approach, but it is impossible under current regulations which gives all power to the Commonwealth.

As we have asked for years, why is it up to parents to protect their children when the EU has easily introduced this warning and seen artificial food colours disappear virtually overnight?

See a summary of artifical colour regulations around the world