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Consumer advocates want the FDA to regulate food dyes, commonly found in foods like jelly beans. (Credit: Getty Images)

Consumer advocates want the FDA to regulate food dyes, commonly found in foods like jelly beans. (Credit: Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Over the next two days an FDA advisory committee will take a look at new studies which seem to indicate a link between food colorings and worsened symptoms in some children who have behavior disorders such as ADHD.

KYW Newsradio spoke to a local Mom who removed these dyes from her son’s diet with dramatic results.

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Amy Yuter’s son was diagnosed while in kindergarden. He was put on medication, which helped him focus in school, but would keep him up at night, so they were working on the dose when he ate jelly beans.

“And before my eyes his symptoms increased so dramatically that it caused me to realize that there was something (wrong) with what he was eating. And that’s when I went to the internet and over the weekend I put him on the Feingold Diet — free of dyes. By Monday he was off his medication and back at school and his teachers said it was amazing to see that he wasn’t on his medication, he was able to focus.”

Stephanie Stahl reports…

Yuter will be in Washington tomorrow and she is taking her children with her.  She’s going to discuss the food label changes made in Europe, particularly the UK, because all foods there that have the dyes must have a label stating this may cause hyperactivity in children.

Because of this, Yuter said, “Many US companies that distribute foods in Europe have actually, instead of changing the label, have changed their food. So I just recently went to the UK and brought my son home bags of Starburst that are color free and my kids will eat them when they come with me to testify in Washington tomorrow at the hearing.”

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio

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