Health officials want New Yorkers to know that a lot of candy may cause cancer. Is your favorite candy on the list?

The Environmental Working Group continues to sound the alarm about Red Dye No. 3, which is a known carcinogen, officials say.

Red Dye No 3 May Cause Cancer


The FDA determined Red Dye No. 3 is a known "animal carcinogen, causing tumors in rats." The European Food Safety Authority recently reported Red Dye No. 3 causes thyroid tumors in rodents.

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Below are some popular candies that reportedly contain Red Dye No. 3.

Candies That Are Affected By the Controversial Red Dye 3

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“Red Dye No. 3 has been banned by the FDA from use in cosmetics since 1990, but inexplicably is still allowed in food,” Consumer Reports Senior Staff Scientist Michael Hansen said. “The widespread use of Red Dye 3 is particularly concerning since it is found in many products marketed to children who are especially at risk of developing health problems from exposure. It’s time for the FDA to protect public health by getting Red Dye 3 out of our food.”

Over 2,900 food products sold today contain Red Dye 3, including many artificially flavored and artificially colored candy marketed to children," according to the Environmental Working Group.

Candy corn, Pez, many Fruit by the Foot flavors, some Ringpops, strawberry Dubble Bubble Original 1928 Flavor and certain Peeps may also cause cancer, according to health officials.

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