Assessment of the results of the study by McCann et al. (2007) on the effect of some colours and sodium benzoate on children’s behaviour [1] - Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing Aids and Food Contact Materials (AFC)

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Acknowledgements

The European Food Safety Authority wishes to thank the members of the ad hoc Working Group on the study from the Southampton University on the effect of some colours and benzoic acid on hyperactivity for the preparation of this opinion: Jan Buitelaar, John Chr. Larsen, Manfred Doepfner, Manfred Gerlach, Michael Kenward, Alicja Mortensen, Iona Pratt (WG Chair), Diane Purper-Ouakil, Ivonne Rietjens, Terje Sagvolden, Stephen Senn, Stephan Strobel. The Panel wishes to thank Prof. J. Stevenson, one of the authors of the McCann et al. study, for the fact that he has met with the ad hoc Working group to discuss methodological and other issues. In addition, the Panel wishes to thank the Food Standards Agency and Prof. J. Stevenson for providing EFSA with the study details. The Panel also wishes to thank the Assessment Methodology Unit of EFSA for their assistance with the statistical re-analysis.

doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2008.660
Panel members at the time of adoption
Fernando Aguilar, Herman Autrup, Sue Barlow∗, Laurence Castle, Riccardo Crebelli, Wolfgang Dekant, Karl-Heinz Engel, Natalie Gontard, David Gott*, Sandro Grilli, Rainer Gürtler, John Chr. Larsen, Catherine Leclercq, Jean-Charles Leblanc, F. Xavier Malcata, Wim Mennes, Maria Rosaria Milana, Iona Pratt, Ivonne Rietjens, Paul Tobback, Fidel Toldrá.
Type
Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2007-171
Adopted
7 March 2008
Published
14 March 2008
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Note
Abstract

No abstract available

Keywords
Hyperactivity, ADHD, children's behaviour, Southampton study, McCann, food additives, food colours, Tartrazine, Ponceau 4R, Carmoisine, Quinoline Yellow, Allura Red AC, Sunset Yellow FCF, Sodium Benzoate, Benzoic Acid
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Number of Pages
139