The Food and Drug Administration is listening to mothers,
scientists and the food industry as it considers whether there is a
link between the dyes and hyperactivity. The FDA so far has seen no
proven relationship for most children. But the agency agrees with
studies that say for "certain susceptible children,"
hyperactivity and other behavioral problems may be exacerbated by
food dyes and other substances in food.
An FDA advisory committee is expected to weigh in Thursday on
whether studies, some of which are decades old, definitively link
the dyes and the disorder.
Renee Shutters of Jamestown, N. Y., said ridding her 7-year-old
son Trenton's diet of food colors was "life changing."