Factbox: Food dyes in some surprising places

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials are examining whether artificial food colorings make children hyperactive, a concern first raised in the 1970s. A U.S. advisory panel is weighing the question on Wednesday and Thursday.

The dyes are common in a range of packaged and restaurant foods from PepsiCo’s Gatorade, Cheetos and Doritos to Kellogg’s Eggo waffles and Kraft’s Jell-O desserts.

Artificial colors also are found in other products like pickles and potatoes that may not be obvious. Below is a list of some popular products made with food dyes, according to a 2008 petition from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The group is asking the Food and Drug Administration to ban the dyes or require a warning.


Jell-O desserts in lemon, strawberry and black cherry flavors

Oscar Mayer Lunchables Mini Burgers and Mini Hot Dogs

Pepper Snapple Group:

Mott’s Strawberry-Flavored Apple Sauce


Quaker Oatmeal to Go, Apples & Cinnamon

Quaker Oatmeal Squares Crunchy Oatmeal Cereal

Sun Chips French Onion flavor


Eggo Homestyle Waffles

Eggo Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles

General Mills:

Betty Crocker Cheesy Lasagna with Beef

Betty Crocker Au Gratin 100% Real Potatoes


Hot Pockets Ham & Cheese

Lean Pockets Ham & Cheddar

Edy’s Classic Real Strawberry Ice Cream


Minute Maid Lemonade


Vanilla Triple Thick Shake

Wendy’s, a unit of Wendy’s/Arby’s Group:


Dill Pickles

KFC, a unit of Yum Brands Inc:

Potato Salad

Sweet and Spicy Wings

Chicken Pot Pie


Banana Peppers


Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest

Editing by Dave Zimmerman