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article imageNorth American moms want M&M's to change their recipe

By Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti     Oct 21, 2013 in Health
M&M’s candies contain petroleum-based, artificial dyes that can trigger hyperactivity in sensitive children. M&M's are made without most of those dyes in Europe and one mother wants to know why they are still being used in North America.
With Halloween coming up, one mom has decided to work with the experts at the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) on a campaign and petition asking Mars to remove artificial dyes in M&M’s that are linked to hyperactivity in children. CSPI's review of scientific studies shows that artificial dyes including Yellow 5, Yellow 6, and Red 40 can stimulate hyperactivity and other behavior problems in children.
CSPI has recommended that these additives be prohibited from use in foods. At a 2011 hearing, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acknowledged that “Exposure to food and food components, including artificial food colors and preservatives, may be associated with adverse behaviors” in children.
When M&M’s are sold in Europe, different dyes are used because otherwise they would be required by law to place a label on the packaging that says “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children." Other companies like Kraft, McDonalds, and Betty Crocker have used or continue to use different ingredients outside the United States.
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