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 namesort icon Brand Product Type Food Dyes Year Collected
"Frosty Shake Strawberry" Wendy's Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red||B1 - Brilliant Blue
100% Juice Fruit Punch Walmart Great Value Beverages R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
100% Juice No Sugar Added Pink Grapefruit Ocean Spray Cranberries Beverages R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
100% Juice No Sugar Added Ruby Red Grapefruit Ocean Spray Cranberries Beverages R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
5 Gum Cobalt Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
5 Gum Elixir Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
5 Gum Flare Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
5 Gum Lush Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2009-2010
5 Gum Rain Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine (Lake) - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
5 Gum Solstice Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
2009-2010
5 Gum Zing Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum R40 (Lake) - Allura Red 2009-2010
ALL-BRAN Strawberry Medley Kellogg Breakfast Cereal R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Altoids Chocolate Dipped Mints Cinnamon Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Altoids Gum Cinnamon Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Altoids Gum Spearmint Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Altoids Mints Cinnamon Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Altoids Sours Mango Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2009-2010
Altoids Sours Raspberry Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Altoids Sours Tangerine Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2009-2010
Altoids Sugar Free Smalls Cinnamon Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
R40 - Allura Red
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
Altoids Sugar Free Smalls Wintergreen Mars/Wrigley Candies & Gum
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 - Indigotine
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
2009-2010
Amp Energy Drink PepsiCo Beverages
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Amp Energy Drink Relaunch PepsiCo Beverages
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Andes Creme de Menthe Thins Andes Candies Candies & Gum
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Ann's House All Fruit Mix Ann's House of Nuts Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Ann's House California Mix 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 Rice Crackers 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
Apple & Eve Tropical Waves Strawberry Passion Mango Apple & Eve Beverages R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Apple Express Cereal Walmart Great Value Breakfast Cereal
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Apple Jacks Kellogg Breakfast Cereal
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Apple Jacks Cereal Kellogg Breakfast Cereal
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Apple Pie Minis KFC Fast Foods
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Archer Farms Tropical Fruit Berry Trail Mix Target Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
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 Apricot Archway & Mother's Cookie Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - 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 Strawberry Archway & Mother's Cookie Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Archway Home Style Cookies Buttery Vanilla Archway & Mother's Cookie Chips Cookies Crackers & Dip Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Assorted Food Colors Walmart Great Value Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R3 - Erythrosine
2009-2010
Au Gratin Potatoes Walmart Great Value Meals Entrees & Sides Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow 2009-2010
Bacon Bits Imitation Badia Spices Condiments & Pickles R3 - Erythrosine 2009-2010
Bagel-fuls Strawberry & Cream Cheese Kraft Breakfast Foods (not cereal)
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Baked! Cheetos KFC Fast Foods Y6 - Sunset Yellow 2008
Banana Peppers Subway Fast Foods Y5 - Tartrazine 2008
Banana Pops Blue Bunny Frozen Desserts
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2008
Banquet Chicken Nugget Meal ConAgra Frozen Meals
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Banquet Macaroni and Cheese Meal ConAgra Frozen Meals
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Barbie Fruit Flavored Snacks Kellogg Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
2008
Bartles & James Flavored Cooler Fuzzy Navel Bartles & James Beverages--Alcoholic Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Berry Lishus Fruizle Express Subway Fast Foods R40 - Allura Red 2008
Betty Crocker Au Gratin 100% Real Potatoes General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Betty Crocker Bac-Os Bits Bacon Flavored Bits General Mills Condiments & Pickles R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Bac-Os Chips Bacon Flavored Chips General Mills Condiments & Pickles R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Beef Taco General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2008
Betty Crocker Bisquick Complete Cheese Garlic Biscuits Mix General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
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 Bisquick Complete Three Cheese Biscuits Mix General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Bowl Appetit Cheddar Broccoli Pasta General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Bowl Appetit Cheddar Broccoli Rice General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Bowl Appetit Homestyle Chicken Pasta General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides Y5 - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Bowl Appetit Three-Cheese Rotini General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - 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 Carrot General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
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 Lemon General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes Y5 - Tartrazine 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 Cake Mix SuperMoist Strawberry General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cake Mix SuperMoist Yellow General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cake Mix Warm Delights Lemon Swirl Cake General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes Y5 - Tartrazine 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 Molten Caramel Cake General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Cheesy Scalloped 100% Real Skin-On Potatoes General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Chicken Helper Chicken Fried Rice General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Chicken Helper Classic Creamy Chicken & Noodles General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y5 - Tartrazine
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Chicken Helper Mexican Cheesy Chicken Enchilada General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Complete Meals Cheesy Beef Taco General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 - Tartrazine
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Complete Meals Stroganoff General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y5 - Tartrazine
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Complete Meals Three Cheese Chicken General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
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 Cookie Mix Turtle Bars General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Decorating Decors Blue Sugar General Mills Baking Ingredients B1 - Brilliant Blue 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Decorating Decors Cinnamon Sugar General Mills Baking Ingredients
R40 - Allura Red
R3 - Erythrosine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Decorating Decors Green Sugar General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Decorating Decors Peppermint Sugar General Mills Baking Ingredients
R40 - Allura Red
R3 - Erythrosine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Decorating Decors Red Sugar General Mills Baking Ingredients
R40 - Allura Red
R3 - Erythrosine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Decorating Gels Red General Mills Baking Ingredients R40 - Allura Red 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Decorating Icing Blue General Mills Baking Ingredients B1 - Brilliant Blue 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Decorating Icing Easy Squeeze Blue General Mills Baking Ingredients B1 - Brilliant Blue 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Decorative Icing Easy Flow Black General Mills Baking Ingredients
B2 - Indigotine
R40 (Lake) - Allura Red
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Decorative Icing Easy Flow Blue General Mills Baking Ingredients B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Decorative Icing Easy Flow Green General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Decorative Icing Easy Flow Red General Mills Baking Ingredients R3 - Erythrosine 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Dessert Bar Mix Caramelita General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
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 Reese's General Mills Baking Dough & Mixes
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Four Cheese Mashed Potatoes General Mills Meals Entrees & Sides
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Rich & Creamy Butter Cream General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Rich & Creamy Coconut Pecan General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Rich & Creamy Cream Cheese General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Rich & Creamy Lemon General Mills Baking Ingredients Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine 2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Rich & Creamy Rainbow Chip General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
Y5 (Lake) - Tartrazine
Y6 (Lake) - Sunset Yellow
R40 - Allura Red
B1 (Lake) - Brilliant Blue
B2 (Lake) - Indigotine
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Rich & Creamy Vanilla 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
Betty Crocker Frosting Whipped Butter Cream 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
Betty Crocker Frosting Whipped Strawberry Mist General Mills Baking Ingredients
R40 - Allura Red
B2 - Indigotine
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Frosting Whipped Vanilla General Mills Baking Ingredients
Y5 - Tartrazine
Y6 - Sunset Yellow
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Fruit By the Foot Berry Berry Twist General Mills Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Berry Tie-Dye General Mills Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Color By The Foot General Mills Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Crazy Feet Cool Printz Stylin Strawberry General Mills Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Crazy Feet Endless Adventures Tropical Thrill General Mills Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
R3 - Erythrosine
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Flavor Kickers Berry Blast General Mills Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Flavor Kickers Tropical Twist General Mills Snacks
Y5 - Tartrazine
R40 - Allura Red
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Fruit Flavored Snacks Berry Tie-Dye General Mills Snacks
B1 - Brilliant Blue
R40 - Allura Red
Y5 - Tartrazine
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 mini feet Berry Wave General Mills Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
2009-2010
Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Razzle Blue Blitz General Mills Snacks
R40 - Allura Red
B1 - Brilliant Blue
Y5 - Tartrazine
2009-2010