A new policy statement in the August 2018 issue of Pediatrics from the AAP Council on Environmental Health entitled “Food Additives and Child Health” recommends increased food safety requirements to better protect exposure to chemicals found in food colorings, preservatives and packaging that are not proven safe for children.

In the United States, 10,000 additives are used legally in processed foods and packaging, including approximately 1,000 classified as “Generally Recognized as Safe.” Those substances do not require approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In addition to figures, data and metrics, the policy statement includes recommendations for pediatricians and the health sector, policy makers and recommendations for the government and the FDA.