True Colours - What’s the Evidence on Food Colours
Colours have been used for centuries to enhance the overall appeal of food and beverages, yet recent debate in the media has prompted questions regarding the safety of certain colours. A University of Southampton study published in The Lancet reported that some synthetic colours and the preservative sodium benzoate had the potential to affect childrenŐs behaviour, although several authoritative bodies have concluded the opposite. Do food colours cause hyperactivity in children? Should some food colours include warning labels? Why are food colours used and are they safe - specially for children?
Duration: 60 Minutes
Presenter: Dr Simon Brooke-Taylor
Dr Simon Brooke-Taylor
From 1991 until he established his own consultancy in January 2001, Dr Brooke-Taylor held senior positions with the Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA), and its predecessor the Australian National Food Authority (NFA). As the Program Manager for Food Product Standards with ANZFA, he had responsibility for and a leading policy and technical role in the development of the new joint Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, as well as the new standards for food additives and genetically modified and novel foods that were adopted in 2000. Dr Brooke-Taylor has also participated extensively in the development of international food standards through involvement in the technical committees of the Codex Alimentarius Commissions and the WTO. Simon has also participated extensively in the development of international food standards through involvement in the technical committees of the Codex Alimentarius Commissions and the WTO.
At the end of 2000, Dr Brooke-Taylor left the Food Authority to establish Brooke-Taylor & Co. The business now has an extensive client base, including government, academia and food businesses, in Australia and overseas. He has also consulted to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and ASEAN on risk analysis and international food standards setting, including recently preparing new draft food regulations for the Solomon Islands.
In addition, Dr Brooke-Taylor has extensive practical experience in the food industry having spent a total of 10 years in the brewing industry and is a Master Brewer member of the Institute of Brewing.