Products free from the colours associated with hyperactivity

Lists of product ranges from food manufacturers, retailers and caterers that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children.

The colours, identified by a Southampton University study financed by the Food Standards Agency, are:

  • sunset yellow FCF (E110)
  • quinoline yellow (E104)
  • carmoisine (E122)
  • allura red (E129)
  • tartrazine (E102)
  • ponceau 4R (E124)

The Agency is publicising the product ranges to encourage the food industry to participate in the voluntary ban.

Consumers who are particularly concerned about the presence of the colours will be advised to continue to check labels, especially in the case of products with a long shelf-life where the availability of reformulated products may vary.

Any food manufacturer, retailer or caterer wishing to notify the Agency their brands or products are free of these colours, should contact the Agency with the details. To inform the Agency, email details to Benedict Duncan, at

The Agency's website will be updated regularly as new information is provided.

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