On March 30 and 31, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public hearing in response to a petition submitted by Dr. Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in 2008. The petition called for the banning of the eight artificial dyes now used in our food, and requested that while these steps were taking place the agency should require warning labels on products that have these dyes. This is currently being done in Europe.
At the recommendation of Dr. Jacobson, the FDA invited me to travel to Washington, DC and testify at the hearings. The FDA commissioned a panel of scientists and doctors to review the research on food dyes and behavior problems and listen to presentations from people involved in this work. Called the Advisory Committee, they would then vote on specific questions drafted by the FDA.