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
"Frosty Shake Strawberry" Wendy's Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red||B1 - Brilliant Blue
Chinese Lemon Chicken Sauce Mix Noh Foods of Hawaii Spices Seasonings & Flavorings Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Chinese Barbecue Char Siu Seasoning Mix Noh Foods of Hawaii Spices Seasonings & Flavorings R3 - Erythrosine 2009-2010
Lemon & Pepper Seasoning Walmart Great Value Spices Seasonings & Flavorings Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Knorr Mini Cubos Chipotle Seasoning Unilever Spices Seasonings & Flavorings Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow 2009-2010
Goya Cubitos En Polvo Caldo de Pollo & Tomate Goya Foods Spices Seasonings & Flavorings
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
JELL-O Pudding Snacks Chocolate Vanilla Swirls Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Pudding Snacks Fat Free Chocolate Vanilla Swirls Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Fruit Snacks Berries N' Cherries Welch's Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Blueberry Fruit N' Yogurt Welch's Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Archer Farms Tropical Fruit Berry Trail Mix Target Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Cub Foods Strawberry Applesauce Supervalu Inc. Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Cub Foods Red Maraschino Cherries with Stems Supervalu Inc. Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Nutrition Energy Mix Planters Snacks
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Salad Cherries Royalette Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Pear Applesauce Mott's Snacks B1 - Brilliant Blue 2008
Mixed Berry Applesauce Mott's Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Strawberry Newtons Nabisco Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Strawberry Flavored Applesauce Mott's Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Musselman's Cherry Applesauce Krouse Foods Inc. Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Musselman's Spiced Crab Apples Krouse Foods Inc. Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Musselman's Lite Raspberry Fruit N' Sauce Krouse Foods Inc. Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
JELL-O Sugar Free Strawberry-Kiwi Tropical Berry Kraft Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
JELL-O Pudding Snack Chocolate Vanilla Swirls Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Musselman's Grape Applesauce Kraft Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
JELL-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Pistachio Kraft Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Handi-Snacks Sugar-Free Creamy Carmel Pudding Kraft Snacks Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2008
Rice Crispies Treats Strawberry Kellogg Snacks
B2 - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Yogos Bits Yogurty Covered Fruit Flavored Bits Island Explosion Kellogg Snacks
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Strawberry Fruit N' Yogurt Kellogg Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Spongebob's Atlantic Squarepants Fruit Flavored Snacks Kellogg Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Keebler Grasshopper Fudge Mint Cookie Kellogg Snacks
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Keebler Frosted Animal Cookies Kellogg Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Barbie Fruit Flavored Snacks Kellogg Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Yoplait Whips Light & Fluffy General Mills Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Yoplait Trix Triple Cherry General Mills Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Yoplait Spongebob Squarepants GoGurt Portable Low fat Yogurt Strawberry Riptide General Mills Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Yoplait Trix Wildberry Blue General Mills Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Betty Crocker Scooby-Doo! Fruit Flavored Snacks General Mills Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-ups Fruit Stackerz Tropical Berry General Mills Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Fruit Flavored Snacks Strawberry General Mills Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Fruit Flavored Snacks Berry Tie-Dye General Mills Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Instant Pudding French Vanilla Walmart Great Value Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Gelatin Dessert Peach Walmart Great Value Snacks
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Gelatin Dessert Orange Walmart Great Value Snacks
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Gelatin Dessert Strawberry Banana Walmart Great Value Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Gelatin Dessert Raspberry Walmart Great Value Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Instant Pudding Chocolate Walmart Great Value Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Gelatin Dessert Peach Walmart Great Value Snacks
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Toasted Rice Crackers Luau Party Mix Umeya Rice Cake Snacks
R3 - Erythrosine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Gelatin Dessert Lime Walmart Great Value Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Gelatin Dessert Lemon Walmart Great Value Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Gelatin Dessert Cherry Walmart Great Value Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Fruit Smiles Naturally and Artificially Fruit Flavored Snacks; Strawberry Grape Orange Lemon Walmart Great Value Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Trail Mix Mountain Snacks Sam's Choice Snacks
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
B2 - Indigotine
2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Low Fat Strawberry Banana Safeway Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Low Fat Strawberry Safeway Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Light Orange Pineapple Safeway Snacks Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Low Fat Cherry Safeway Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Light Mixed Berry Safeway Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Low Fat Boysenberry Safeway Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Light Strawberry Banana Safeway Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Light Strawberry Safeway Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Light Raspberry Safeway Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Low Fat Pomegranate Raspberry Safeway Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Light Blueberry Safeway Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Light Black Cherry Safeway Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Light Kiwi Lime Safeway Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Light Key Lime Safeway Snacks B1 - Brilliant Blue 2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Light Blueberry Cobbler Safeway Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Quaker Oats Tortillaz Cheesy Nacho PepsiCo Snacks
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars S'mores PepsiCo Snacks B1 - Brilliant Blue 2009-2010
Lucerne Yogurt Fat Free Strawberry Safeway Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Quaker Oats Tortillaz Zesty Guacamole PepsiCo Snacks
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Flavored Dip Guacamole Mission Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Flavored Dip Cheddar Cheese Mission Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Ocean Spray Craisins Trail Mix Cranberry Fruit & Nuts Ocean Spray Cranberries Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Strawberry Flavored Apple Sauce Mott's Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Flavored Dip Salsa Con Queso Mission Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Reduced Calorie Vanilla Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Planters Trail Mix Berry Nut & Chocolate Kraft Snacks
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Planters NUT-rition Energy Mix Kraft Snacks
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
JELL-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Vanilla Chocolate Chip Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Reduced Calorie Chocolate Fudge Kraft Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
B2 - Indigotine
2009-2010
JELL-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Reduced Calorie Chocolate Kraft Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
B2 - Indigotine
2009-2010
JELL-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Pistacchio Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Reduced Calorie Banana Cream Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Banana Cream Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Snacks Strawberry Kraft Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Snacks Reduced Calorie Vanilla Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Snacks Reduced Calorie Dulce de Leche Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Chocolate Kraft Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Snacks Reduced Calorie Chocolate Vanilla Swirls Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Snacks Reduced Calorie Boston Cream Pie Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Snacks Raspberry Kraft Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Snacks Orange Kraft Snacks
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Snacks Low Calorie Strawberry Kraft Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Strawberry Kraft Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Snacks Low Calorie Lemon Lime Kraft Snacks
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Orange Kraft Snacks
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Snacks Low Calorie Cherry Kraft Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Snacks Low Calorie Black Cherry Kraft Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Strawberry Kraft Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Lime Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Lemon Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Low Calorie Raspberry Kraft Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Low Calorie Strawberry Kraft Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Low Calorie Lime Kraft Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Low Calorie Black Cherry Kraft Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Black Cherry Kraft Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Berry Blue Kraft Snacks B1 - Brilliant Blue 2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Grape Kraft Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B2 - Indigotine
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Cherry Kraft Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
JELL-O Gelatin Dessert Blackberry Fusion Kraft Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
JELL-O Cook & Serve Pudding & Pie Filling Lemon Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Cook & Serve Pudding & Pie Filling Custard Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Flan Spanish Style Custard Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Cook & Serve Pudding & Pie Filling Vanilla Kraft Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
JELL-O Cook & Serve Pudding & Pie Filling Reduced Calorie Chocolate Kraft Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
B2 - Indigotine
2009-2010
Breakstone's Live Active 2% Milkfat Lowfat Cottage Cheese with Pineapple Kraft Snacks Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010