Food Additives Cause Hyperactivity In Children

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jenny Wiggins Financial Times

Artificial colourings and additives can cause hyperactivity in children, the UK's food safety watchdog will warn for the first time today.

The Food Standards Agency will issue guidance to parents after the publication of a study it commissioned. It concludes that food additives can exacerbate hyperactive behaviour in any child up to the age of nine.

The study, begun in 2004 at the University of Southampton, is published in the Lancet today and is certain to increase pressure on the food and drinks industry to remove artificial food colourings and other additives from thousands of products.

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