IACM Exposure Project Publication

IACM has sponsored a refined exposure assessment using data provided by its member companies and the resulting publication is now available in the peer reviewed journal, Food Additives & Contaminants. The publication reinforces IACM’s long standing position that food color use as currently practiced in the United States is safe and does not result in excessive exposure to the population, even at conservative ranges of food consumption and levels of use.

The results of the analysis further indicate that (1) the use levels reported by the industry are consistent with the concentrations measured analytically by the US Food and Drug Administration; (2) exposure to food color additives in the United States by average and high-intake consumers is well below the acceptable daily intake (ADI) of each color as published by the Joint WHO/FAO Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) and allows wide margins of safety; and (3) for children to reach the intake assumed in the Southampton study, they would have to consume at least 30 times more foods and beverages daily than the high consumers (95%) and the foods would have to contain four different colors at maximum use levels, clearly an unrealistic scenario.