Although the FDA has stated that dyes in food are safe for consumption, in 2012 the Center for Science in the Public Interest published an article in 2010 detailing the potential risks of artificial food dyes placed in food. As noted in the article Bue #1, Red dye # 40 and Yellow dye# 3 have been shown to cause hypersensitivity and hyperactivity in children and are known carcenagens.
In 1990, the FDA revoked the use of Red dye #3 in cosmetics and medications, however, it is still considered “safe” for use in food. Red dye #40. For the complete report look here http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/food-dyes-rainbow-of-risks.pdf
The Center For Science in the Public Interest published an article in 2012 documenting effects of food dyes in children, as observed by their parents. The side effects range from inablity to concentrate to violant outbursts. Many parents report that their children’s symptoms mimicked those of behavioral disorders such as ADHD, but once they removed their child from foods containing artifical dyes the symptoms subsided.
You can read the full report here (http://www.cspinet.org/fooddyes/testimony.html)
None of these dyes add any nutrional or health benefits to foods and they can be inexpensively and easily taken out. The FDA should remove all artifical dyes from foods that they can not gurantee without any doubt are not 100% safe and free of harmful side effects.