CSPI logoSynthetic food dyes, made from petrochemicals, are common in manufactured foods that are widely consumed by children. Strong science implicates food dyes with increased hyperactivity in children. That research led the British government to ask companies to stop using most dyes by December 2009. And beginning in July 2010 most dyed foods marketed throughout the European Union are required to bear a warning notice. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban most food dyes in the United States. More recently, CSPI published a report, Rainbow of Risks, that discusses risks of cancer, genetic damage, and allergic reactions due to dyes.

Use IATP's Brain Food Selector to find the dyes in your child's (and your) favorite foods. See IATP’s Smart Guide to Food Dyes for more information on health concerns for children from food dyes.

Note that Citrus Red 2 is approved only for use on the skins of oranges not used in processing, but consumers are almost never told of its presence. Orange B is permitted on sausage casings, but has not been used for years.

Product name Brand Product Typesort icon Food Dyes Year Collected
Homestyle Cookies Buttery Vanilla Archway & Mother's Cookie Baked Goods Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine 2008
Mission Wraps Jalapeno Cheddar Gruma Baked Goods
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Jalapeno Cheddar Wraps Mission Baked Goods
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Garden Spinach Herb Wraps Mission Baked Goods
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Thomas Strawberry mini bagels George Weston Bakeries Baked Goods
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
2009-2010
Lender's Premium Bagels Blueberry Aurora Foods Baked Goods
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 - Indigotine
2009-2010
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Strawberry Supreme Premium Cake Mix Pinnacle Foods Baking Dough & Mixes
B2 - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2008
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Butter Recipe Golden Premium Cake Mix Pinnacle Foods Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
2008
Betty Crocker Sunkist Lemon-Poppyseed Premium Muffin & Quick Break Mix General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Pillsbury Reduced Fat Cinnamon Rolls General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Duncan Hines Premium Cake Mix Moist Deluxe Strawberry Supreme Pinnacle Foods Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
R40 - Allura Red
B2 - Indigotine
2009-2010
Duncan Hines Premium Cake Mix Moist Deluxe Spice Cake Pinnacle Foods Baking Dough & Mixes Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Duncan Hines Premium Cake Mix Moist Deluxe Red Velvet Pinnacle Foods Baking Dough & Mixes R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Duncan Hines Premium Cake Mix Moist Deluxe Pineapple Supreme Pinnacle Foods Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
Duncan Hines Premium Cake Mix Moist Deluxe Lemon Supreme Pinnacle Foods Baking Dough & Mixes Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Duncan Hines Premium Cake Mix Moist Deluxe Decadent Carrot Cake Pinnacle Foods Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
Duncan Hines Premium Cake Mix Moist Deluxe Classic Yellow Cake Pinnacle Foods Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
Duncan Hines Premium Cake Mix Moist Deluxe Butter Recipe Golden Pinnacle Foods Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
Duncan Hines Premium Cake Mix Moist Deluxe Fudge Marble Pinnacle Foods Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
No Bake Cheesecake Dessert Mix Walmart Great Value Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
No Bake Dessert Mix Strawberry Cheesecake Kraft Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
No Bake Dessert Mix Real Cheesecake Kraft Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls Reduced Fat Cinnamon Rolls with Icing General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls Orange with Icing General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Ready To Bake Refrigerated Cookies Shape Smile Heart General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls Cinnamon Rolls with Icing General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Ready To Bake Refrigerated Cookies Shape Shamrock General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls Cinnamon Mini Bites General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Ready To Bake Refrigerated Cookies Shape Three-Heart General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Pillsbury Ready To Bake Refrigerated Cookies Shape Snowman General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Pillsbury Ready To Bake Refrigerated Cookies Shape Ghost General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
R3 - Erythrosine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Pillsbury Ready To Bake Refrigerated Cookies Shape Flag General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 - Allura Red
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Pillsbury Ready To Bake Refrigerated Cookies Shape Easter General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Ready To Bake Refrigerated Cookies Shape Reindeer General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Pillsbury Ready To Bake Refrigerated Cookies Shape Pumpkin General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Pillsbury Grands! Sweet Rolls Extra Rich Cinnamon with Buttercream Icing General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Pie Crusts All Ready Rolled General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Pet-Ritz Pie Crusts Regular General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Pillsbury Pet-Ritz Pie Crusts Deep Dish All Vegetable General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Pillsbury Ready To Bake Refrigerated Cookies Shape Christmas Tree General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Pillsbury Pet-Ritz Pie Crusts Deep Dish General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Pillsbury Ready To Bake Refrigerated Cookies Shape Bunny General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Reduced Fat General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Grands! Sweet Rolls Cinnamon with Cream Cheese Icing General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Original General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Grands! Sweet Rolls Cinnamon with Icing General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Funfetti Premium Cake Mix General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Twists with Glaze General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Big N Buttery General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Cake Mix Moist Supreme Reduced Sugar Classic Yellow General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Garlic Butter General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Cake Mix Moist Supreme Classic Yellow General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Butterflake General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Biscuits Grands! Flaky Layers Butter Tastin' General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Big N Flaky General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Pillsbury Biscuits Grands! Jr. Golden Layers Honey Butter General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Muffin Mix Triple Berry General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
2009-2010
Pillsbury Biscuits Grands! Jr. Golden Layers Butter Tasting General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Muffin Mix Sunkist Lemon Poppy Seed General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Fiber One Muffin Mix Blueberry General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Quick Bread Mix Cranberry Orange General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Pouch Mix Lemom Poppy Seed Muffin Mix General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Dessert Bar Mix Reese's General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Dessert Bar Mix Cinnamon Apple Crisp General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Dessert Bar Mix Caramelita General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Muffin Mix Blueberry General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix Turtle Bars General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Muffin & Quick Bread Mix Sunkist Lemon-Poppy Seed Premium General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cake Mix SuperMoist Strawberry General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cake Mix Warm Delights Molten Caramel Cake General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cake Mix Warm Delights Minis Chocolate Raspberry Decadence General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cake Mix Warm Delights Lemon Swirl Cake General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cake Mix SuperMoist Yellow General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix Rainbox Chocolate Candy General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cake Mix Angel Food Confetti General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cake Mix SuperMoist Party Rainbow Chip General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Bisquick Complete Three Cheese Biscuits Mix General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cake Mix SuperMoist Lemon General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Bisquick Complete Honey Butter Mix General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cake Mix SuperMoist Cherry Chip General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes R40 (Lake) - Allura Red 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cake Mix SuperMoist Carrot General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Bisquick Complete Cheese Garlic Biscuits Mix General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Sauce 'n Cake Sponge Pudding Mix Hot Apple Cinnamon Dr. Oetker Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Tiramisu Instant Dessert Mix Dr. Oetker Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Krusteaz Lemon Bar Mix Continental Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Duncan Hines Whipped Frosting Vanilla Pinnacle Foods Baking Ingredients
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Duncan Hines Whipped Frosting Chocolate Pinnacle Foods Baking Ingredients
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Pillsbury Whipped Supreme Strawberry Frosting General Mills Baking Ingredients R40 - Allura Red 2008
Pillsbury Ready to Serve Vanilla Funfetti Frosting General Mills Baking Ingredients
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Betty Crocker Ready to Serve Creamy Vanilla Frosting General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Coconut Pecan Frosting General Mills Baking Ingredients
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Betty Crocker Ready to Spread Rainbow Chip Frosting General Mills Baking Ingredients
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Betty Crocker Ready to Spread Cream Cheese Frosting General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Dessert Sprinkles Pink Crystals Walmart Great Value Baking Ingredients R3 - Erythrosine 2009-2010
Duncan Hines Frosting Whipped Frosting Vanilla Pinnacle Foods Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Duncan Hines Frosting Whipped Chocolate Pinnacle Foods Baking Ingredients
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Duncan Hines Frosting Creamy Homestyle Lemon Supreme Frosting Pinnacle Foods Baking Ingredients Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Duncan Hines Frosting Creamy Homestyle Cream Cheese Frosting Pinnacle Foods Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Duncan Hines Frosting Creamy Homestyle Classic Vanilla Pinnacle Foods Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Duncan Hines Frosting Creamy Homestyle Buttercream Pinnacle Foods Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
No Sugar Added Cherry Pie Filling Walmart Great Value Baking Ingredients R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Miniature Marshmallows Walmart Great Value Baking Ingredients B1 - Brilliant Blue 2009-2010
Flavored Marshmallows Walmart Great Value Baking Ingredients
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Dessert Sprinkles Rainbow Mix Walmart Great Value Baking Ingredients
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red. Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
R3 - Erythrosine
2009-2010
Dessert Sprinkles Nonpareils Mix Walmart Great Value Baking Ingredients
R3 - Erythrosine
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Dessert Sprinkles Yellow Crystals Walmart Great Value Baking Ingredients Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Dessert Sprinkles Green Crystals Walmart Great Value Baking Ingredients B1 - Brilliant Blue 2009-2010
Dessert Sprinkles Red Crystals Walmart Great Value Baking Ingredients
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
R3 - Erythrosine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Dessert Sprinkles Blue Crystals Walmart Great Value Baking Ingredients B1 - Brilliant Blue 2009-2010
Assorted Food Colors Walmart Great Value Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R3 - Erythrosine
2009-2010
Pillsbury Frosting Creamy Supreme Vanilla Funfetti Frosting General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Pillsbury Frosting Creamy Supreme Vanilla General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Whipped Vanilla General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Whipped Cream Cheese General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix Kraft Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Whipped Strawberry Mist General Mills Baking Ingredients
R40 - Allura Red
B2 - Indigotine
2009-2010
Pillsbury Frosting Whipped Supreme Strawberry General Mills Baking Ingredients R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Rich & Creamy Cream Cheese General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Whipped Butter Cream General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Rich And Creamy Cherry General Mills Baking Ingredients
R40 - Allura Red
B2 - Indigotine
2009-2010