Many of the products we use and ingest have been enhanced with color additives. These additives can be found in toothpaste, cosmetic items, juices, and more. Are they safe for you? When used properly, the FDA has found color additives to be indeed safe.
All color additives must be approved by the FDA.
If the FDA finds evidence that an additive may cause cancer or disease, it cannot be used in products.
Color additives are broken down into two types: certifiable and exempt.
Certifiable additives are man-made, usually from petroleum and coal. The FDA tests a sample of each submitted additive to make sure it meets the purity requirements. Exempt additives are made from animal, plant, or mineral sources. These must meet safety requirements, as well.
While it is rare to have an allergy to a color additives, it does happen.
The most common reaction is to FD&C Yellow No. 5. The FDA now requires that use of this additive be identified on the label. If there are any violations against the regulations, the FDA will take action against the company.
· How Safe are Color Additives? [U.S. Food and Drug Administration]