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Be a responsible parent and READ labels


Tartrazine is a colorful poison in a child’s diet!

Yes, even some chewable vitamins contain tartrazine, an artificial coloring additives, also identified as FD&C#5 or E102. Be careful not to be fooled when checking the labels. Tartrazine is also known as Acid Yellow 23, Food Yellow 4, FD&C Yellow 5, C.I. 19140, Hydrazine yellow, Tartrazol yellow, Tartrazin or Tartrazinum.

Yellow dye # 6, or sunset yellow dye is also unsafe and during 2011, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health settle to reduce the acceptable level of sunset yellow to 20 mg/liter of soda after research by the European Food Safety Authority found that exposure to this substance was too high, particularly in children.

Reading the labels is the best way to steer clear of purchasing products that might be harmful to your child. Better be safe than sorry! Take time to read the labels, it’s better than spending time with your child at a medical practitioner’s rooms due to illnesses that could have been avoided.

What is Tartrazine?

It is manufactured from coal tar and used to color food, medicine, shampoos and other products. You don’t have to be a scientist to understand that coal tar is unhealthy!

Manufacturers use this chemical because it’s much cheaper than the healthier alternative, Beta Carotene. With Beta Carotene the same color results can be obtained, but it’s much more expensive.

Foods most commonly known to contain Tartrazine:

  • Jams
  • Cereals
  • Jell-O
  • Pasta
  • Yogurt
  • Softdrinks and soda
  • Frosting
  • Waffles
  • Ice cream
  • Popsicles
  • Orange colored chips
  • Some chewable vitamins
  • Flavored milk
  • Number of potato chips
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Candy
  • Box dinners (such as cheese flavored rice)



Listing all the products would take forever; therefore it is your responsibility towards your child and family to read the labels on products. The chemical is not limited to foods. There are shampoos and certain medicines containing Tartrazine.

Foods in which this chemical is not found as often are:

  • Fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Meat

Why should you shun away from using products with Tatrazine?

Tartrazine has been linked to ADHD, asthma, thyroid cancer, depression, migraines, anxiety, itchy skin and other medical conditions. Hyperactivity is the most common side effect for children.

How much Tartrazine is safe to use in your child’s diet?

According to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest for a child weighing 30 kg, 150mg per day is acceptable. Controlling the intake is difficult because there appears to be no obligation towards the manufacturer to report the quantity of this chemical used in products. They are required to declare that products contain Tartrazine, but quantities are rarely given.

Tartrazine (Yellow #5) is banned in Norway and Austria. Some European countries have issued warnings about the possible side effects it may have. In US, it is still freely used. It is terrifying how many products contain Yellow # 5 and # 6.


Be a responsible parent and READ labels!