Write to your MP
Whether you voted for your local MP or not, they will listen to what you think. Let them know you do not want unnecessary additives in children’s food and explain how additives can affect children’s health. Visit this website http://www.writetothem.com/ to see who your local MP is.
You can write a letter to your MP using the text below or you can use the http://www.writetothem.com/ website to send an electronic message (just copy the text below and and paste it into your message).
(Name of MP)
House of Commons
Dear (Name of MP)
Artificial colourings have no place in children’s food, drink and medicine.
I wish to express my concern that artificial colourings such as tartrazine and allura red are still routinely added to children’s food, drink and medicine. Mixtures of these colourings, when consumed with the preservative sodium benzoate, have been shown to have a small, but significant, effect on activity and attention in some children selected from the general population.
Where is the public interest in keeping these additives in our food? Artificial food colourings are completely unnecessary ingredients and have no nutritional value. The Action on Additives campaign (www.actiononadditives.com) has now found over 1,000 products containing these food additives, many of them clearly aimed at children.
Rather than ban these unnecessary food additives The Food Standards Agency is advising consumers to examine the ingredients of every food and drink they purchase. This is simply not possible for many people, and ignores the fact that lots of products are purchased directly by children, or are sold without ingredients information.
Further testing of these additives would cost millions and take many years. The Associate Parliamentary Food and Health Forum recommended in January 2008 that, "regulations should be introduced to prohibit all artificial colours and non-essential preservatives in food products and soft drinks."
It is time to make our food and drink safe, and to give artificial colourings the red card.
For more information see www.actiononadditives.com
Write to companies
All food, drink and medicine manufacturers should provide an address to which you can write if you are unhappy with a product you have purchased. They may also give a telephone number.
If you or your children have purchased a product without realising it contains one or more of the suspect additives let the manufacturer know you are unhappy about it. Companies do take note of what their customers think – which is why we have already seen some manufacturers removing the unnecessary food additives.
Use the power of your pen to make manufacturers take action!
Write to your local newspaper, or your favourite magazine
Tell them what you think about artificial colourings and encourage readers to visit the Action on Additives website. The more people we tell about the problem, the faster we can get it fixed.
If you would like to print more copies of our 'Seven suspect food additives' cards, please click on the link below to open a pdf document which you can print from home.
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