Erythrosine

by frog

A small crafts business, Golding Handcrafts, has applied to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to relax restrictions on the controversial food colouring, erythrosine.  Sue Kedgley is concerned because Erythrosine is an endocrine disruptor, altering the level of thyroid hormones to the extent that it causes thyroid tumours in lab tests.

Any small change to the levels of thyroid hormones in small children can seriously affect their development. And that’s why this chemical is not allowed in children’s food… Erythrosine can also provoke asthma, rashes and hyperactivity; it can cause light sensitivity and mood swings.

I see Golding’s co-owner Peter Dyne is defending the application saying:

We calculate the average five-year-old would have to consume 10 kilograms of icing to reach the safe daily limit of erythrosine set by the World Health Organisation.

He must be under the misapprehension that the average five-year-old would be put off by that kind of challenge.

I guess it will be all worth it though if our food can be a deeper hue of red.

frog says

Published in Health & Wellbeing by frog on Thu, September 25th, 2008   

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