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Surf Sweets Among Few Candy Offerings Free of Synthetic Dyes Despite Growing Consumer Concern Over Affect on Children
Date:7/2/2010

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Prospect Heights, IL (PRWEB) July 2, 2010 -- There’s growing consumer awareness and concern in the U.S. and abroad about the impact of synthetic dyes and artificial flavors on the health of children. This month (July 2010), European food and beverage manufacturers will be required to include a strong warning statement on products containing six synthetic dyes indicating their products “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” In the U.S., in a letter issued to the FDA on June 29, 2010, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) urged the FDA to ban on all dyes because "the scientific studies do not provide convincing evidence of safety, but do provide significant evidence of harm."

Chicago area-based Surf Sweets® is one of the few candy companies in the United States that avoids using synthetic dyes or artificial flavors in any of its products, which was a primary goal of the brand when it was originally founded. All Surf Sweets products are Stage 2 Feingold-approved, meaning they are approved by The Feingold Association, a non-profit that publishes approved food lists to help people avoid certain synthetic food additives.

The use of synthetic food dyes has grown substantially in the U.S. over the past 50 years. According to the FDA, the amount of food dye certified for use in 1955 was 12 milligrams per capit
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