The Consumers Association of Iceland is condemning the continued use of
azo dyes in food products for sale in Iceland, despite it being years
since regulation against the potentially dangerous ingredient was
According to a call to action on the Association’s website the EU mandated that all food products containing the dangerous dyes must be clearly labeled. This same resolution was adopted in Iceland last year, but still there are many cases of unlabeled goods being sold in Iceland that are known to contain azo’s, with the primary culprit being candy. The Association is calling on food manufacturers in Iceland to swap out the offending dyes for safer products or, barring that, commit themselves to clearly labeling that their goods contain azo dyes.
The six problematic compounds – E 102 E 104, E 110, E 122, E 124, and E 129 – are known to cause allergic reactions but, more seriously, have a negative affect on the attention span and hyperactivity of children. A medical study published in the Lancet in 2007 confirmed the seriousness of the dye’s effects.
Read your labels, people!