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Question #41713 posted on 12/24/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

At this website: http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/Additives/Artificial-Colors.htm, it says that red 40 was banned in the US. I still see it in plenty of foods though. Is it just wrong?

- Queen Lucy Pevensie

A: Dear Highness,

Yes, that web site is just wrong. On the FDA's color status additive list, Red No. 40 is on their permanently approved list of color additives. FD&C Red #40 is listed as approved for "food, drugs, and cosmetics, including drugs and cosmetics for eye area."

—Laser Jock