Concerned mother warns about dyes used in cereal after baby suffers severe rash

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UNITED STATES — One mother’s Facebook warning is bringing to light the fact that some dyes used in cereal can have negative effects on children.

A concerned mother posted a warning to Facebook, accompanied by pictures of her baby’s rash.

Misty Lyn wrote that her baby girl’s rash was allegedly ignited by a new cereal she ate.

“Had to take Harper to the doctors today. Had no clue what gave her this rash until Steve told me that she had Applejacks cereal for the first time this morning. Poor girl! Did more research on it and this is what I found…Apple Jacks has the most popular food dyes known to cause behavioral problems in children; yellow 6, blue 1, red 40 and BHT. These food dyes are now illegal in Europe, but perfectly acceptable in America. BHT is a common stabilizer in pesticides, gasoline, lubricants, and soaps, but are also found in Apple Jacks. Yellow 6 has been linked to tumors in lab mice and red 40 has been known to cause severe allergic reactions.”

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While skeptics may disregard Misty’s post as that of an overly-protective mom who doesn’t know what she’s talking about, research shows that she is correct.

Here is a list of the ingredients used in the Kellogg’s cereal taken directly from the company’s website.

And according to, some dyes, particularly the ones used in Apple Jacks, can be harmful.

“Reported side effects of FD&C Yellow #6 include gastric upset, hives, runny nose, allergies, hyperactivity, tumors in animals, mood swings, and headache. It is banned in Norway and Finland.

“Experts testified at the 2011 FDA Food Advisory hearings that Blue #1 behaves differently than other FD&C colors as it is absorbed more and has been noted to cross the blood-brain barrier... In 2003, the FDA asked doctors to stop doing that [adding Blue 1 to enteral feedings] since patients were dying, not from their disease, but from the Blue number 1, which apparently caused refractory hypotension and metabolic acidosis, and also, incidentally, turned their colons bright blue.”

“Red Dye #40 is a highly refined petrochemical and based on potential ill-effects including headaches/migraines, hyperactivity, decreased concentration, sleep disturbances and a feeling of “crawling out of one’s skin”, its use in foods has been reduced or banned from use in other countries.”

Misty Lyn’s post was added to Facebook on Sept. 23 and has been shared more than 2,700 times.

Not all dyes will have a negative impact upon consumption.

If you or a loved one have serious side effects after eating a new cereal, visit your doctor.

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