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Posted by Lita on November 10, 2000 at 13:06:25:

In Reply to: Re: Red food dye posted by Mel Berman on August 11, 2000 at 16:53:10:

I would like to hear from everyone who knows someone with an intolerance to Red40. My son and I would like to lobby to have it removed from the market in the U.S. When my son was age 2 - 9 his reaction was hyperactivity and he was pretty good about avoiding and reading labels. But now that he is older, he has extreme emotional reactions about 24 hours after ingesting Red40. It is NOT ok that he may be placed at risk of committing a violent crime or committing suicide because of a product that is impossible to avoid 100% of the time! I thank God that we understand what is causing this. It is hard to fight a cause that most people don't understand or believe. Please contact me and let's fight it together. Thanks. Lita
) : : Thank you for your responses! My daughter has the aggressive behavior you note when she gets anything with red 40 in it too, she also gets extremely hyper and uncontrollable. Yes, I have heard yellow dye is a common companion to red dye intolerance, however, she doesn't appear to have it. I find it amazing what foods contain red dyes - things that you would never think of (white icing, vanilla icecream). I am learning to cope and have an allergist appointment for her in April (1st available). Any other advise or comments please feel free to contact me & thanks again.

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: : : :My son is allergic to milk protein, citrus fruit , tomato, and red 40. He was diagnosed with asthma and eczema at six months, these symptoms dissappeared when I took him off dairy and citrus. I confirmed the allergies by having him tested. He is now three and if he eats food with red 40, his behavior becomes violent or bizarre and he complains of a headache. I am having him tested for other chemical sensitivities that were not included in the original tests. I hear that yellow is also a common trigger.Good Luck, jennifer.
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: My wife is extremly alergic to red dye #40. Other red dyes do not seem to be a problem. She has extreme back pain the next day. Sometimes it hurts so bad she can hardly move. Doctors didn't care and we figured it out on our own. However red 40 is in everything. Even fried chicken! She will know the next morning if it had red 40 in it.

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