|March FDA Hearings on Artificial Food Dye Warning Labels|
At the recommendation of Dr. Jacobson, the FDA invited me to travel to Washington, DC and testify at the hearings. The FDA commissioned a panel of scientists and doctors to review the research on food dyes and behavior problems and listen to presentations from people involved in this work. Called the Advisory Committee, they would then vote on specific questions drafted by the FDA.
| Feingold at FDA Hearing on Food Dyes |
From left: Gail Wachsmuth, Renee Shutters, Shula Edelkind,
Colleen Smethers, and Kathleen Bratby
One of the curious claims made by the FDA background paper was that there is no dose effect of food dyes above 10 mg. If that were true, whether a child consumes one piece of colored candy or the entire bag, the effects would be the same!
During the hearings, the Advisory Committee listened first to the presentations by Dr. Jacobson of CSPI, and then Dr. Bernard Weiss, a toxicologist and member of the FAUS advisory board. Next, I presented the Feingold perspective, showing that there is a clear dose-relationship when similar studies are presented properly on a graph, but that most of the studies used tiny doses of food dyes.
|Download Feingold slide show that will blow your mind!!|
It was gratifying to see that the Advisory Committee really "got it" and were aware of how unrealistic most of the studies were. You can see and hear the ten-minute Feingold presentation here. It should open directly as a slide show with voice, but in some browsers it opens as a regular power point with slides - if so, click on Slide Show: View Show to run the slide show. Don't forget to turn on your speakers.
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