Fact sheet: Synthetic food dyes in school food

Synthetic Food Dyes Affect Children’s Behavior

Synthetic food dyes are commonplace on supermarket shelves and in school foods. Evidence of the link between synthetic food dyes1 and neurobehavioral problems in children, including hyperactivity and inattention, has been accumulating for decades.

This fact sheet outlines steps that regulators, schools, and day cares can take to reduce the impact of synthetic dyes on children.

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