The popular Easter candy Peeps contains a cancer-causing chemical, Red Dye No. 3, according to Consumer Reports. This dye is typically used as a color additive in food and is banned from use in cosmetics by the FDA. Consumer Reports is pressuring the FDA to ban the use of Red Dye No. 3 in food and urging Just Born Quality Confections, the maker of Peeps, to stop using it in their candies. Studies have shown that the artificial dye can cause cancer in animals and link to “hyperactivity and other neurobehavioral effects in children.” Just Born defended their compliance with FDA regulations but stated that they are exploring options to provide natural color sources. The FDA is reviewing Consumer Reports’ petition to ban the use of Red Dye No. 3 in food, which has garnered over 35,000 signatures.

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