ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 22, 1976
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(Studio) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) bans red dye #4 and carbon black as food colorings.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Red dye #4 used to color maraschino cherries; carbon black used in mascara and candies such as licorice and jelly beans. Substitutes found for carbon black, not for red dye #4. Cherry industry says no one will buy cherries without red coloring; FDA (Food and Drug Administration) says no proof anyone harmed by colorings but lab test animals. Several recent bans on additives prompt question: is anything safe? [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) division of food and color additives representative Richard RONK - says most things safe at levels we use now, but if substantial questions raised, with regard to compound, it's banned so health problem won't develop before action taken.] New FDA (Food and Drug Administration) additive guidelines noted.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson
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