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 Brandsort icon Product Type Food Dyes Year Collected
Totally Light 2 Go Wild Berry Pomegranate Soft Drink Mix 4C Foods Beverage Mix
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Totally Light 2 Go Fruit Punch Soft Drink Mix 4C Foods Beverage Mix
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Tropical Grove Pasteurized Flavoured Juice Drink Peach A. Lassonde Beverages
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Tropical Grove Pasteurized Flavoured Juice Drink Guava A. Lassonde Beverages R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Tropical Grove Pasteurized Flavoured Juice Drink Grape A. Lassonde Beverages
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Tropical Grove Pasteurized Flavoured Juice Drink Fruit Punch A. Lassonde Beverages R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Master of Mixes Strawberry Daquiri Margarita Mixer American Beverage Marketers Beverage Mix
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Master of Mixes Margarita Mixer American Beverage Marketers Beverage Mix
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Master of Mixes Cosmopolitan Mixer American Beverage Marketers Beverage Mix R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Master of Mixes Sour Apple Martini Mixer American Beverage Marketers Beverage Mix
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Sour Punch Bites Strikin' Strawberry American Licorice Candies & Gum R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Sour Punch Bites Zappin' Apple American Licorice Candies & Gum
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
2009-2010
Andes Creme de Menthe Thins Andes Candies Candies & Gum
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Ann's House Rice Crackers Ann's House of Nuts Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Ann's House Mango Slices Ann's House of Nuts Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Ann's House Swiss Mix Ann's House of Nuts Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
Ann's House California Mix Ann's House of Nuts Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Ann's House All Fruit Mix Ann's House of Nuts Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Apple & Eve Tropical Waves Strawberry Passion Mango Apple & Eve Beverages R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Homestyle Cookies Buttery Vanilla Archway & Mother's Cookie Baked Goods Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine 2008
Archway Home Style Cookies Buttery Vanilla Archway & Mother's Cookie Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Archway Fruit Filled Cookies Raspberry Archway & Mother's Cookie Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Archway Fruit Filled Cookies Apricot Archway & Mother's Cookie Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine
2009-2010
Archway Frosty Lemon Cookies Archway & Mother's Cookie Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Archway Fruit Filled Cookies Strawberry Archway & Mother's Cookie Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Marvel Heroes Gummy Candy Au'some Candies & Gum
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Marvel Heroes Crunchy Candy Au'some Candies & Gum
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
B1 - Brilliant Blue
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
Ortega Two Cheese Pizza Grande Dinner Kit B&G Foods Meals Entrees & Sides Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Ortega Lasagna Grande Dinner Kit B&G Foods Meals Entrees & Sides Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Louisiana Cajun Chili Pepper Hot Sauce Badia Spices Condiments & Pickles R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Bacon Bits Imitation Badia Spices Condiments & Pickles R3 - Erythrosine 2009-2010
Bartles & James Flavored Cooler Fuzzy Navel Bartles & James Beverages--Alcoholic Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Sushi Chef Japanese Rice Cracker Mix Baycliff Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Sushi Chef Wasabi Sauce Baycliff Condiments & Pickles
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Sushi Chef Picked Ginger Baycliff Condiments & Pickles R3 - Erythrosine 2009-2010
Strawberry Ice Cream Sundae Crunch Bar Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
R3 - Erythrosine
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwiches Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Twin Pops Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Sour Power Bomb Pop Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
The Original Bomb Pop Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Strawberry Marble Ice Cream Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Raspberry Sherbet Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Rainbow Sherbet Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Premium Ice Cream Pistachio Almond Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Slush Pops Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Premium Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Rocky Road Ice Cream Sandwiches Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Premium Ice Cream Double Strawberry Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Personals Ice Cream Double Strawberry Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Premium Ice Cream Bordeaux Cherry Chocolate Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Personals Ice Cream Banana Split Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts R40 - Allura Red 2008
Premium Ice Cream Banana Split Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts R40 - Allura Red 2008
Premium Ice Cream Pint Double Strawberry Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Pineapple Sherbet Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Original Ice Cream Hot Fudge Sundae Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts R40 - Allura Red 2008
Original Ice Cream Birthday Party Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
R3 - Erythrosine
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Original Ice Cream Strawberry Cheesecake Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Original Ice Cream Banana Split Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts R40 - Allura Red 2008
Original Ice Cream Orange Dream Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2008
Orange Sherbet Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2008
Original Ice Cream Mint Chip Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Orange Dream Bar Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2008
Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwiches Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Neapolitan Ice Cream Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Mississippi Mud Ice Cream Sandwiches Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Mint Bon Bon Ice Cream Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
King Size Chocolate Eclair Ice Cream Bar Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Lucas Chamoy Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts R40 - Allura Red 2008
Jolly Rancher Ice Pop Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Lime Sherbet Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Jolly Rancher Bomb Pop Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Lemonade Bomb Pop Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
King Size Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bar Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
R3 - Erythrosine
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Gelato Pistachio Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts B1 - Brilliant Blue 2008
Double Fudge Bars Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Cool Tubes Orange Sherbet Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2008
Goin' Bananas Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts Y5 - Tartrazine 2008
Doubles Ice Cream Bar Smores Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Doubles Ice Cream Bar Banana Split Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Chocolate Ice Cream Crunch Bar Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Champ! Caramel Lovers Ice Cream Cones Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Champ! Variety Ice Cream Cones Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Caramel Ice Cream Crunch Bar Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Bar Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Champ! Strawberry Ice Cream Cones Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
2008
BIG Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwich Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
BIG Double Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Banana Pops Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Tropical Fantasy Cocktails Kiwi Strawberry Brooklyn Bottling Beverages R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Tropical Fantasy Cocktails Mandarin Orange Brooklyn Bottling Beverages Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2009-2010
Mott's Strawberry Flavored Applesauce Burger King Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce Burger King Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Stride Gum Sweet Peppermint Cadbury Adams USA Candies & Gum
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
2009-2010
Stride Gum Spearmint Cadbury Adams USA Candies & Gum
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Trident Gum Watermelon Twist Cadbury Adams USA Candies & Gum R40 (Lake) - Allura Red 2009-2010
Trident Gum Tropical Twist Cadbury Adams USA Candies & Gum
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Trident Gum Splash Strawberry with lime Cadbury Adams USA Candies & Gum Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Dentyne Chewing Gum Spicy Cinnamon Cadbury Adams USA Candies & Gum
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay Mojito Original Captain Morgan Beverages--Alcoholic Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay Wave Runner Passion Fruit & Mango Captain Morgan Beverages--Alcoholic Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Cintron Liquid Energy Energy Drink Pineapple Cintron Beverage Group Beverages Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2009-2010
POWERade Zero Grape Coca-Cola Co. Beverages
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
POWERade Zero Strawberry Coca-Cola Co. Beverages R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
POWERade Zero Mixed Berry Coca-Cola Co. Beverages B1 - Brilliant Blue 2009-2010
Hi-C Orange Lavaburst Coca-Cola Co. Beverages
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Minute Maid Lemonade Coca-Cola Co. Beverages Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
POWERade Strawberry-Lemonade Coca-Cola Co. Beverages
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Inca Kola the Golden Kola Coca-Cola Co. Beverages Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
POWERade Orange Coca-Cola Co. Beverages
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine
2009-2010
POWERade Lemon-Lime Coca-Cola Co. Beverages Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
POWERade Mountain Blast Coca-Cola Co. Beverages B1 - Brilliant Blue 2009-2010
POWERade Grape Coca-Cola Co. Beverages
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40
2009-2010
POWERade Fruit Punch Coca-Cola Co. Beverages R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Full Throttle Energy Drink Coca-Cola Co. Beverages Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Full Throttle Energy Drink Sugar Free Coca-Cola Co. Beverages Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Full Throttle Energy Drink Fury Coca-Cola Co. Beverages Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2009-2010
Full Throttle Energy Drink Blue Demon Coca-Cola Co. Beverages
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Fanta Orange Coca-Cola Co. Beverages
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Fanta Grape Coca-Cola Co. Beverages
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010