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Special Report (Red Dye #2) #480441

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 19, 1975
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(Studio) Report on red dye #2. Dye banned in other cntrys. where cancer and birth defects suspected. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to evaluate dye.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(New York) Red dye #2 used in $10 billion worth of food each year to make it prettier. Dye used in drinks, candy and desserts. [Dye manufacturer Paul KOHNSTAMM - contends material tested over long period of time. It is a safe food color.] Dye used in laboratory tests shows it may cause cancer and birth defects. USSR and 4 others ban its use. 2 others restrict its use. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) didn't accept USSR tests and rejected similar findings by FDA scientists. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) supposed to make conclusion with regard to dye 12 years ago.
REPORTER: Betty Furness

(DC) [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Commissioner Dr. Alexander SCHMIDT - says no data to show risk. Some studies show conflicting results. Toxicologists reluctant to make final judgement.]
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(New York) Impossible to shop for products without red dye #2. Reasons cited. Products using #2 cited. Ingredient labels don't tell enough so consumer can make own choice.
REPORTER: Betty Furness

Chancellor, John;
Furness, Betty;
Simpson, Carole

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