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Action on Additives press releases and other media information.
- European Food Safety Authority lowers acceptable daily intake for three of the Southampton six
European Food Safety Authority lowers acceptable daily intake for three of the Southampton six
- Cadbury and Mars break promises on colours
(19th March 2009) Action on Additives has criticised Cadbury and Mars for selling products that still contain one or more of the six artificial colours that can increase hyperactivity in susceptible children, despite promises to stop.
- Ministers accept proposed FSA voluntary ban on six suspect food colours
(12th November 2008) Government Ministers have agreed with the Food Standard Agency's (FSA) proposal for a voluntary ban on six food colourings linked to an increased risk of hyperactivity in children.
- Warning labels for coloured foods to become EU law
(8th July 2008) The European Parliament has voted in favour of labelling foods containing the six food colours E110, E104, E122, E129, E102 and E124 with the words 'may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.'
- Warning labels for coloured foods: Campaigners call for stronger action
(7th July 2008) The Action on Additives campaign calls for six artificial food colourings to be banned from food, not labelled as, 'may have an adverse effect on attention and activity in children.'
- Success for Action on Additives campaign: artificial colourings to be removed from food products
(10th April 2008) The Action on Additives campaign welcomes the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) decision to advise ministers to call for a mandatory EU ban on six artificial food colourings.
- International appeal for European Commission to suspend use of suspect food additives
(9th April 2008) Forty two public interest organisations from twelve EU member states have appealed to the European Health Commissioner to suspend the use of six food colours that have been linked to increased hyperactivity in children.
- University of Southampton response to EFSA evaluation
(14th March 2008) The University of Southampton undertook the study on food additives and children's behaviour. This is their response to the EFSA evaluation.
- Campaigners call for action after EFSA decision on food additives and children’s health
(14th March 2008) EFSA today confirmed that a UK study provides limited evidence that certain food additives ‘had a small and statistically significant effect on activity and attention in some children.'
- One thousand reasons why suspect food additives are hard to avoid
(8th March 2008) The Action on Additives campaign has found more than 1,000 food, drink and medicine products that contain one or more of the seven food additives that have been linked to increased hyperactivity in susceptible children.
- Suspect food additives still widely used in children's medicine
(25th February 2007) Suspect food additives were found in 40% of the children's medicines examined in a new survey by The Food Commission.
- Associate Parliamentary Food and Health Forum recommends ban on suspect additives
(January 2008) Associate Parliamentary Food and Health Forum recommendation that regulations should be introduced to prohibit all artificial colours and non-essential preservatives in food products and soft drinks.
- Parent power shines a spotlight on suspect food additives
(5th November 2007) Avoiding the food additives which can increase hyperactive behaviour in children just got easier, thanks to a new website set up by campaigners at The Food Commission.