Color(s) Artificial Artificial coloring can include any additives used to produce a desired color. Blue 1 and 2, Orange B, Green 3, Red 3 and 40, Yellow 5 and 6, etc. are examples of artificial coloring employed in food today. Artificial dyes were originally developed from coal tar, but are now made from petroleum products. The consumption of artificial dyes has been thought to increase hyperactivity in children. The Federal Drug Administration tests whether these additives are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) or toxic. All dyes are considered additives by the FDA through the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) since it is not used for the purpose of consumption, but to improve the appearance of the product. Manufacturers intend to use artificial coloring to make the food seem more appealing and healthier than it actually is. "Electronic Code of Federal Regulations." GPO Home Page. Title 21. Part 74, 12 May 2011. Web. 16 May 2011. <http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr>. Harris, Gardiner. "F.D.A. Panel to Consider Warnings for Artificial Food Colorings." The New York Times. 29 Mar. 2011. Web. 16 May 2011. <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/30/health/policy/30fda.html>. Zwillich, Todd. "FDA Mulls Safety of Artificial Food Coloring." WebMD Children's Health Center - Kids Health and Safety Information for a Healthy Child. 30 Mar. 2011. Web. 16 May 2011. <http://children.webmd.com/news/20110330/fda-mulls-safety-of-artificial-food-coloring>.