There are so many delicious candies to partake in especially with Valentine’s Day just passing and Easter on the way.  

However, there are some you and the kids should stay away from. Consumer Reports has several concerns with the candies containing the Red Dye No.3 which it says is a known carcinogen. I am not a fan of this particular candy, but it sure becomes popular during this time of year.  

That’s right, I’m talking about Peeps. Those gooey marshmallow sugar confections kids adore for Easter. Specifically, the pink and purple ones that are an Easter classic.  

“Parents should know that the purple and pink colored Peeps they may be putting in their kids’ Easter basket are made with an ingredient that is a known carcinogen,” said Michael Hansen, PhD, senior staff scientist for Consumer Reports. “Just Born Quality Confections should stop making its iconic marshmallow treats with this dangerous food chemical since other less risky alternatives are readily available.”—Consumer Reports   

The company has not commented on whether it will be changing its practice of using Red Dye No.3 even after Consumer Reports called on Just Born Quality Confections to change.  

The dye is also found in the popular Hot Tamales candy and other Peeps candies by the company.  

“Red Dye No. 3 has been banned by the FDA from use in cosmetics since 1990, but inexplicably is still allowed in food,” said Hansen. “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.” 

So, maybe stay away from Peeps this Easter, Utah.  

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