On March 30, USFDA released a "Background Document" reviewing health and labeling issues related to Certified Color Additives. The document reviews the "Southampton Study" commissioned by the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency (FSA).

We point out that our readers should review the original Southampton Study document (The Lancet, vol. 370, no. 9598, pp. 1560-1567, 3 Nov. 2007).

The FDA document then reviews FDA's current regulation of Certified Color Additives, the historical background for current regulation, the petition review process, and the safety determination of currently approved Certified Color Additives.

The New York Times discussed these issues on March 30 in its Tuesday Science Supplement at:


The FDA Background Document is posted below: