Child medicines found to contain banned food additives

Medicines for babies and young children frequently contain a cocktail of additives which are banned from foods and drinks designed to be consumed by the under threes, according to the food commission.

Additives in child medicine
Additives in child medicine

A survey of 41 medicines aimed at the under threes found only one product which did not contain a food additive or food additives that are prohibited from foods specifically manufactured for the same age group.

The survey, published in The Food Magazine, found azo dye colourings in five products and multiple artificial sweeteners and preservatives in the majority of products. No colours or sweeteners are permitted in foods and drinks for the under threes and most preservatives are prohibited.

The Food Standards Agency confirmed that only additives strictly necessary from a technological point of view and recognised as being without risk to the health of young children are authorised in such foods.

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