COLOURINGS

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FLAVOURINGS

FLAVOURINGS

SWEETENERS

SWEETENERS

COLOURINGS

COLOURINGS


THE FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY

The government's Food Standards Agency provides a range of free information about understanding colourings on its website.

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In 2007, research funded by the FSA suggested that consumption of mixes of certain artificial food colouringss and the preservative sodium benzoate could be linked to increased hyperactivity in some chilldren.  To find out more about the research and the Food Standards Agency's advice to consumers please click for pdf:

For an expert summary, and to read the original research report from the University of Southampton that uncovered the link between the food additives and hyperactivity please click here:


Products free from the colours asociated with hyperactivity

The Food Standard Agency publishes regularly updated lists of product ranges from food manufacturers, retailers and caterers that do not contain the six food colourings associated with possible hyperactivity in young children. 

Caterers and Restaurants with product ranges free from the six colourings can be found here:

Manufacturers with product ranges free from the six colourings can be found here:

Retailers with product ranges free from the six colourings can be found here:



The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) does risk assessment regarding food safety for the European Union and provides scientific advice to Member States on existing and emerging risks.  Free information about the science behind colourings regulation can be found via their website: www.efsa.europa.eu

Directorate General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission (DG SANCO)  DG SANCO's job is to ensure that foods and drinks sold within the European Union are safe.  Free information about legal and regulatory issues with regard to colourings can be found via their website: ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_consumer/index_en.htm