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Some Sense About Food Dyes

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Food colors can cause reactions in sensitized individuals.  The color additive FD&C Yellow No. 5, listed as tartrazine on medicine labels, may cause itching and hives in sensitive people. It is found in beverages, desserts, and processed vegetables. All foods that contain FDA-certified color additives, must list them by name in the ingredients list.  Colors that are exempt from certification such as dehydrated beets and carotenoids, do not have to be specifically identified and may be listed on the label as “artificial color.” They still must meet safety standards. (Nutrition: Science and Application, Third Edition)

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