Food additives and child health | Policy statement and technical report

On July 23, 2018, two articles on food additives and child health were published in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): (1) a policy statement and (2) a technical report

The authors “review and highlight emerging child health concerns [(e.g. “endocrine disruption and other adverse health effects”)] related to the use of colorings, flavorings, and chemicals deliberately added to food during processing (direct food additives) as well as substances in food contact materials, including adhesives, dyes, coatings, paper, paperboard, plastic, and other polymers, which may contaminate food as part of packaging or manufacturing equipment (indirect food additives).” They also “make reasonable recommendations that the pediatrician might be able to adopt into the guidance provided during pediatric visits” and “propose urgently needed reforms to the current regulatory process at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food additives.”



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