FD&C on a label means the FDA allows the dyes to be used in food, drugs and cosmetics. Sometimes you’ll see FDA Red 40 or FD&C Red 40, so these are just 2 ways the labeling is used.
The FDA allows nine synthetic color additives to this date despite consumer advocacy groups showing mass evidence of the 2 dyes; Red 40 and Yellow 6 linked to hyperactivity, hence attention disorders.
Also, the term artificial colors means “dyes from plants and minerals”, not a synthetic source. Two of these are caramel (used in cola) and annatto extract from a tropical seed and used in some cheeses to make the color desired.
Click here to read Part 1 on how chemical food dyes are linked to hyperactivity.