House Rules Committee Chair Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) called on the Food and Drug Administration to regulate food dyes Tuesday. Her comments come after the European Union required foods sold in Europe to include a warning label if they contain artificial food dyes, which she said have been linked to health and behavioral problems especially in children.
"This is a sensible policy and a smart move to help protect the health and well-being of children in Europe," Slaughter said in a statement. "For too long, studies have raised questions about the impact food dyes have on the health and behavior of children. It's my hope that the Food and Drug Administration reviews the science on this issue and considers implementing a warning label that empowers parents to make informed decisions prior to purchasing food for their children."