The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will miss another deadline to get Red Dye #3 out of our food — even though we’ve known for decades the chemical is linked to cancer.
If we want our decision-makers to address this serious health threat, we need to tell them to act now.
How bad is Red Dye #3?
In 2021 alone, the food and drug industries used more than 200,000 pounds of Red Dye #3. Nearly 3,000 brand-name food products contain the additive — from Halloween candy and various other fruit-flavored treats to PediaSure’s Grow & Gain Kids’ Ready-to-Drink strawberry shake.
That’s a problem because there’s a known link between Red 3 and cancer in lab animal tests. And in fact, the FDA already banned Red 3 for use in externally applied drugs and cosmetics, all the way back in 1990.
So why the decades-long delay in getting this toxic chemical out of our food products? Lobbying by industry trade groups is a major factor — but we can still win protections for our families against Red Dye #3 by making sure the FDA hears the public’s voice.
The FDA must act on Red 3
It’s long past time for the FDA to do its job and get toxic Red 3 out of our food — and your voice will be crucial to making sure the FDA hears this call loud and clear.
Tell the FDA: Remove Red 3 from the list of approved color additives in foods, dietary supplements and oral medicines.