You may remember that we talked here last month about the possible link between food dyes and attention and behavior problems in children (“FDA to Hold Hearings on Possible Link Between Food Dyes and Kids’ Behavior“). In that post I told you that, in response to a 2008 petition by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the FDA will hold an advisory committee meeting in March to dig deeper into the issue.
What I did not do, however, was provide information for interested parents on safe alternatives to petroleum-based food dyes. So if you’re a regular birthday cake baker or cookie-decorator, you’ll want to read Christina Le Beau’s latest post over at Spoonfed entitled “The Color of Trouble.” She provides a good summary of the issue, replete with links to other bloggers’ thoughts on the subject (including old TLT friends Dr. SuRu and Jenna Pepper at Food with Kid Appeal), as well as information on natural food dyes. Be sure to also check out the comments of her readers who have their own good ideas on safe food coloring methods.
And of course I’ll keep you abreast of developments at the FDA as they occur.