A growing amount of evidence is evolving that the artificial dyes can be toxic and cause cancer - even through contact. It is important that everyone understands this information because our food industry has been using artificial colors in virtually everything we eat. So the recommended doses that the FDA approves for each food will not protect the person who buys and consumes foods that contain these ingredients. Individuals are now consuming a very harmful dose of artificial dyes.
The article in the following link -
(http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2009/06/01/UPI-NewsTrack-Quirks-in-the-News/UPI-55451243894399/) - informs us that the FDA approved a new regulation set for 2011 and requiring companies that use the "dried bodies of cochineal insects to create food dyes to list the ingredient on their labels". Until then, unless you don't mind eating bugs, you might want to stay away from all "artificial colors or color added" foods. Sometimes carmine or cochineal is listed in the ingredients, but not always.
Personally, our family stays away from those foods. I don't trust eating red bugs. To me red in nature means "beware or poisonous" - unless it is a certain fruit. Some people are allergic to this little bug and could put them at risk for anaphylactic shock.
Here are some examples of Cereals and their ingredient lists. All of these cereals have the FDA approved "with color added" in their ingredient lists. Can you find them? So what are these colors derived from cochineal bugs, annatto, tumeric or another natural additive? Wouldn't you like to know?