Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Coal Tar Dyes--FD&C Red No. #40

 I shared the picture below and the info/links attached to it on my facebook page and got some slack from my processed-food loving friends. The basic summary is that some people really don't care what they're putting in their bodies, as long as it tastes good. Of course, these will be the first people to complain of health issues...nonetheless, my response was this- 
People of all ages that have never participated in activities one would consider "cancer causing" are being diagnosed with cancer (amongst a plethora of other ailments) ever day. People consume these types of products on an normal basis having zero idea they contain carcinogenic dyes that are ILLEGAL in other countries because of how toxic they are. At least when you smoke, there is a clear warning label on the side of the package! FYI Trader Joe's makes licorice that gets it's naturally red hue from elderberries, & it tastes even better than Twizzlers :)
 "Coal Tar Colors (FD&C, D&C) are derived from petroleum waste, research has suggested FD&C Blue No.1 and FD&C Green No. 3 are carcinogenic (cancer-causing), and D&C Red No. 33, FD&C Yellow No. 5, and FD&C Yellow No. 6 can contain impurities
that may cause cancer when applied to the skin. They have been banned for use in Canada and the European Union. FD&C Yellow No. 5 is also used in foods and is known as tartrazine, and can worsen asthma and breathing problems."

"Allura Red is the newest color of the bunch, approved in 1971, and was introduced to replace the banned Red No. 4. Despite the popular misconception, Red No. 40 is not derived from insects (that would be carmine). This azo dye was originally manufactured from coal tar, but is now mostly made from petroleum. It is banned in Denmark, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Sweden. It was also included in UK’s voluntary phase-out in 2009, due to hyperactivity in children. Red No. 40 can be found in sweets like Twizzlers, soft drinks, condiments, and cosmetics."

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