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WASHINGTON (WKOW) A new government report suggests there may be a link between synthetic food dyes, like the kind contained in sports drinks, chips and cereal, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a condition diagnosed in nearly 5.5 million American kids.

The food industry insisted Wednesday that the safety of artificial colors has been affirmed through extensive review.  The FDA will decide whether better food labeling is necessary.

Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News Chief Health & Medical Editor, says "I wouldn't be surprised if they recommend a change in labeling, not a label that says that food diet causes hyperactivity, but something in the order of for some children with hyperactivity the food dyes may worsen their condition."

As of 2010, European food labels containing a number of dyes must state they may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- What is the cause of hyperactivity in children? Many studies have been conducted in recent years, and more are on the way. But now, the Food and Drug Administration is taking a look at a possible link of food dyes to hyperactivity in children.

At a two-day meeting starting Wednesday, an FDA advisory committee will decide whether available data links dyes found in everyday foods to the disorder. The panel will recommend whether the agency should further study the issue or require better labeling.

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