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 Type Food Dyes Year Collectedsort icon
McFlurry with M&M's Candies McDonald’s Fast Foods
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Sweet and Sour Nugget Sauce Wendy’s Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Seasoned Tortilla Chips Wendy’s Fast Foods
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Mayonnaise Dressing Wendy’s Fast Foods
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
M&M's Candy Crumbles Wendy’s Fast Foods
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 - Indigotine
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Low Fat Honey Mustard Dressing Wendy’s Fast Foods Y5 - Tartrazine 2008
Honey Mustard Nugget Sauce Wendy’s Fast Foods Y5 - Tartrazine 2008
Honey Mustard Dressing Wendy’s Fast Foods Y5 - Tartrazine 2008
Frosty Shake Strawberry Wendy’s Fast Foods
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Fat Free French Style Dressing Wendy’s Fast Foods Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2008
Chili Wendy’s Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Vanilla Triple Thick Shake McDonald’s Fast Foods
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Tangy Honey Mustard Sauce McDonald’s Fast Foods
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Strawberry Triple Thick Shake McDonald’s Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Strawberry Sundae McDonald’s Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Spicy Buffalo Sauce McDonald’s Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Orange Glaze McDonald’s Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Fruit Snacks Berries N' Cherries Welch's Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Twizzlers Strawberry Candy Hershey Company Candies & Gum R40 - Allura Red 2008
Reeses Whipps Light and Fluffy Peanut Butter Bar Hershey Company Candies & Gum
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Reeses Pieces Hershey Company Candies & Gum
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
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 French Sweet and Spicy Style Dressing Supervalu Inc. Condiments & Pickles R40 - Allura Red 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
Cub Foods Light Sweet and Spicy French Style Dressing Supervalu Inc. Condiments & Pickles R40 - Allura Red 2008
Market Pantry Strawberry Cereal Bars Target Breakfast Foods (not cereal) R40 - Allura Red 2008
Cub Foods Light Great Western Style Dressing Supervalu Inc. Condiments & Pickles
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Red Wine Vinaigrette Subway Fast Foods
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Pickles Subway Fast Foods Y5 - Tartrazine 2008
Cheez-It Duoz Sunshine Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Peach Pizazz Fruizle Express Subway Fast Foods
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Cheez-It Crisps Four Cheese Sunshine Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Sunrise Energizer Subway Fast Foods
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Nutrition Energy Mix Planters Snacks
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Blueberry French Toast Sticks Subway Fast Foods
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 - Indigotine
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Berry Lishus Fruizle Express Subway Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Banana Peppers Subway Fast Foods Y5 - Tartrazine 2008
M&M Cookie Subway Fast Foods
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 - Indigotine
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Salad Cherries Royalette Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Cheddar Cheese Sauce Subway Fast Foods
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Quaker Cap 'n Crunch Brunch Berries PepsiCo Breakfast Cereal
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
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
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
Gatorade A.M. Orange-Strawberry Thirst Quencher PepsiCo Beverages
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Frito-Lay 100 Calorie Mini-Bites Doritos PepsiCo Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Frito-Lay 100 Calorie Mini-Bites Cheetos PepsiCo Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2008
Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Ham & Cheese Nestle S.A. Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Diet Cranberry Grape Ocean Spray Cranberries Beverages
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Nestle's Butterfinger Nestle S.A. Candies & Gum
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Hot Pockets Ham & Cheese Nestle S.A. Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Steak & Cheese Nestle S.A. Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Goldfish Colors Pepperidge Farm Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 - Indigotine
R3 - Erythrosine
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Pear Applesauce Mott's Snacks B1 - Brilliant Blue 2008
Edy's Grand Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Nestle S.A. Frozen Desserts R40 - Allura Red 2008
Mixed Berry Applesauce Mott's Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Strawberry Newtons Nabisco Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Cheese Nips Four Cheese Nabisco Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Strawberry Flavored Applesauce Mott's Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Starburst Original Fruit Chews Candy Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Skittles Sour Candy Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Skittles Original Candy Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Shrek Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Kraft Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Musselman's Cherry Applesauce Krouse Foods Inc. Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Whole Grain Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Kraft Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Spongebob Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Kraft Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Musselman's Spiced Crab Apples Krouse Foods Inc. Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Spiderman Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Kraft Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Musselman's Lite Raspberry Fruit N' Sauce Krouse Foods Inc. Snacks R40 - Allura Red 2008
Scooby Doo Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Kraft Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Post Honeycomb Kraft Breakfast Cereal
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Post Fruity Pebbles Kraft Breakfast Cereal
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Pokemon Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Kraft Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
JELL-O Sugar Free Strawberry-Kiwi Tropical Berry Kraft Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Oscar Mayer Chicken Dunks Kraft Meals Entrees & Sides B1 - Brilliant Blue 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
Macaroni & Cheese Three Cheese with Mini-Shell Pasta Kraft Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Macaroni & Cheese Thick 'n Creamy Kraft Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Free Thousand Island Dressing Kraft Condiments & Pickles
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Free French Style Dressing Kraft Condiments & Pickles Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2008
JELL-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Pistachio Kraft Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Free 7 Seas Green Goddess Dressing Kraft Condiments & Pickles
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Handi-Snacks Sugar-Free Creamy Carmel Pudding Kraft Snacks Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2008
Fruity Pebbles Kraft Breakfast Cereal
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Crystal Light Sunrise Classic Orange Kraft Beverages
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Quaker Chewy S'mores Granola Bar KFC Fast Foods B1 - Brilliant Blue 2008
Crystal Light Lemonade Kraft Beverages Y5 - Tartrazine 2008
Country Time Pink Lemonade dry mix Kraft Beverages
R40 - Allura Red
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2008
Sweet and Spicy Wings KFC Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Cub Foods French Dressing Kraft Condiments & Pickles
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Sweet and Spicy Boneless Wings KFC Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Lil' Bucket Fudge Brownie KFC Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Potato Salad KFC Fast Foods B1 - Brilliant Blue 2008
Mac and Cheese (depends upon regional supplier) KFC Fast Foods
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Lil' Bucket Strawberry Short Cake KFC Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Lil' Bucket Lemon Creme KFC Fast Foods Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine 2008
Apple Pie Minis KFC Fast Foods
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Select Strawberry Low-fat Milk Kemps Beverages
R3 - Erythrosine
R40 - Allura Red
2008
HBBQ Sauce KFC Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Chicken Pot Pie KFC Fast Foods
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Baked! Cheetos KFC Fast Foods Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2008
Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites Kellogg Breakfast Cereal
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
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
Pop-tarts Low-Fat Frosted Strawberry Kellogg Breakfast Foods (not cereal)
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - 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
Pop-Tarts one serving of whole grain Strawberry Kellogg Breakfast Foods (not cereal)
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Nutri-Grain Strawberry Cereal Bars Kellogg Breakfast Foods (not cereal) R40 - Allura Red 2008
Nutri-Grain Blueberry Cereal Bars Kellogg Breakfast Foods (not cereal)
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2008
Keebler Grasshopper Fudge Mint Cookie Kellogg Snacks
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Pop-tarts Frosted Strawberry Kellogg Breakfast Foods (not cereal)
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Fruit Loops Kellogg Breakfast Cereal
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Eggo Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles Kellogg Breakfast Foods (not cereal)
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2008
Eggo Strawberry Waffles Kellogg Breakfast Foods (not cereal)
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2008
Eggo Homestyle Waffles Kellogg Breakfast Foods (not cereal)
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008