No will in NZ to phase out wonky flouro food

Last night TV3’s 60 minute program looked at the issue of food colourings and whether or not they affect children’s behaviour.

While the experiments used in the item were not scientific the research that prompted the kiwi journalists to highlight this issue caused shockwaves when it was released in the United Kingdom in 2007.

The research – which was undertaken by the University of Southampton – found a link between hyperactivity in children and artificial food colourings.According to one of my favourite news sources European regulators are now working on a continent wide ban of the food colourings.

However in New Zealand we seem to be taking a cruisier, more relaxed attitude to kids’ health and safety.

Our own Food Safety authority considers New Zealand kids are unlikely to be putting their health at risk from consuming synthetic food colourings. The research cited backing up this statement is nearly a decade old and the page hasn’t been updated (at time of writing this blog) for 10 months.

Sue K highlighted this issue last year and it is worth noting that many teachers consider dietary intake does indeed have a great impact on behaviour in the classroom. Of course earlier this year our school canteens which had been on a road to good health are now back in the business of outdoing Willy Wonka with the ability to sell any and all manner of food.

Time to sign the school food petition [PDF] and remind the Government that kids’ health and learning is being jeopardised with the decisions of those in Government and the inaction of public service watchdogs.

12 Comments Posted

  1. The children are our future. Children must not be economic tricks are not large, but the need to grow healthily. So the authorities must not allow the food company is not artificial nutrition products for children to make. so that the child can eat organic food.
    the health of children are very important. we want the future to the children.

  2. john-ston – cane hyperactivity out of children? Brilliant! So simple and elegant! How about bullying? Can we cane that out of them as well? Little monsters!

  3. “Did you overly enjoy being smacked as a kid john-ston”

    Jarbury, it was very rare when I was young; I was very well behaved because I knew that I would get smacked.

  4. Phil – a minor adjustment to your DNA and we could engineer a rhino hide for you! Having laid down your ad hominem launcher doesn’t mean you are without fire-power – employ your witticism-powered ‘flame’ throwers and honey-tipped barbs, lob humour-bombs and employ mirrors in the classic manner! Come at them from out of the sun (their eyes, after all, will be milky and dulled from years in poorly-lit arcades and pool-halls, pupils grotesquely dilated… you get the sordid picture).

    And remember, you’re an Ure!

  5. i’ll need wounds staunched..

    but leaving the (voluntary and involuntary) inciters to one side..

    ..i will still be arguing any case/idea vigorously..

    ..just restraining from playing tag..

    ..with the likes of..(no-names)..


  6. “found a link between hyperactivity in children and artificial food colourings”

    Did they consider discipline? Back many years ago, a naughty child was actually smacked when they were naughty, and got the message pretty quickly not to be hyperactive – of course, thanks to various people globally, you can no longer smack children in many countries.

    “many teachers consider dietary intake does indeed have a great impact on behaviour in the classroom”

    What about the abolition of the cane? Again, back many years ago, a naughty student was given a caning, and would have gotten the message pretty quickly not to be hyperactive – of course, again, thanks to various people globally, the cane has been abolished in many countries.

  7. Phil – that’ll leave you dreadful exposed over in The Swamp of No Return, but you’ll be safe enough here, provided that bill passes. If not… you’ll need to bite that tounge of yours…

  8. um..! open thread since last saturday.. it about/past time..for another..?

    ..esp as today in the execution/funeral of the med-pot bill..


  9. Much of this research was done in the 1970’s – around forty years ago by Doctor Feingold in the USA ( My parents thankfully observed the Feingold diet as I was growing up and it certainly influences my shopping list today.

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