Red No 3 is still in some PEEPS Marshmallows

PEEPS Marshmallows are very popular during this time of year.  They tend to be stuffed in little children’s Easter baskets all over the United States.  While we all know PEEPS don’t come from a PEEP tree, they are sugar, preservatives and chemicals, I did want to take the time to mention that not all PEEPS are created equal.

Particularly the purple ones.


Remember the other day when I did a post FDA Urged to Ban Caramel Coloring Well in that post I had mentioned a certain food dye, Red #3 (Eythrosine).  This one dye is very concerning to me because the FDA actually recognizes this one as a known carcinogen, and why it’s still being used is something I plan to investigate further.

According to the Center for Science and Public Interest (CSPI), “FD&C Red No. 3 (Fig. 9), or Erythrosine B, has been used as a food dye since its approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1907. It is a water-soluble dye with about a 58% iodine content (Lin and Brusick 1986). It is used in maraschino cherries, sausage casings, oral drugs, baked goods, and candies.”  Please check out Food Dyes A Rainbow of Risks by the CSPI  for more information on food dyes.

On January 9, 1990, Red No 3 was recognized by the FDA as a THYROID CARCINOGEN in animals and is banned in cosmetics and externally applied drugs. What’s it in? Sausage casings, oral medication, maraschino cherries, baked goods, and candies.

Under the new rules, FDA spokesman Emil Corwin said:

Red No. 3 can no longer be used in any cosmetic product, including lipsticks, powders, blushes, shampoos, skin care lotions or bath oils."

It can also not be used in cake mixes or frostings, cough drops and some processed fruits and juices, herbs and spices, flavorings, chewing gum, and dietary foods. Even the wax on cheeses."

But according to, “Under the FDA order, Red No. 3 STILL can be applied directly to some products until further agency action is taken.

That means it still can be applied directly to meat, pet food, nut products, fruit and fruit juices, candy and confections, breakfast cereals and ingested drugs.”



I decided to research this further and this next part took me off guard.  I came across a list of terminated food dyes FROM THE FDA’s WEBSITE If you don’t have time to click it, let me just bring to your attention the following color:  Red No 1.

"Groups of 4 dogs are being fed diets containing 2 percent, 1 percent, 0.25 percent, and 0 percent FD+C Red No. 1. Three of the dogs on the 2 percent dosage level DIED before 32 weeks; Three of the dogs on the 2 percent dosage level DIED before 32 weeks; the other is living. Three of the dogs on the 1 percent dosage level DIED or were SACRIFICED within 13 months.

All deceased or sacrificed dogs have shown liver damage grossly and/or microscopically. Deceased dogs on the 1 percent and 2 percent dosage level showed poor physical condition.

The Commissioner of Food and Drugs having concluded that ingestion of this color additive over a long period of time would be unsafe..."

Please take a little time and review some of these studies that are PUBLIC.  Food dyes are NOT safe.  How many more animals have to be subjected to this torture and die before we realize artificial foods and chemicals made in a lab,


And it goes without saying, but I will anyway, please find alternatives to your child’s Easter baskets.  They really won’t miss the processed foods, especially the ones with cancer causing dyes in them.  They deserve better than that!  I will be posting pictures of what I did for our kids and link it here for some ideas.


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