Suggestions for writing your email to the Senate Finance and EHEA Committees to support SB 100, SB 101 and SJ 3.

You can address to the Chair of the Finance Committee and the Chair of the EHEA Committee and send a copy to all other members of their committee. Also, please send a copy of your letter to us!

Letter writing tips:

  1. Share your story of your child's sensitivity.

  2. Discuss how you found out about the diet and your child's problems with additives, and remind them that most parents have not made this connection. Remind them that few doctors and allergists are even aware that the problems for which they prescribe medications often respond to dietary changes. One reason parents may not make such a connection is simply that the child is exposed every day to the colorings and other additives, so that it is impossible to trace the connection without eliminating them all for a while. You may have more suggestions for this difficulty in finding a connection.

  3. Describe why the state needs to take action: Mention that children in Europe are already eating foods made with safe, natural colorings, but our children are bombarded with foods that have the harmful dyes.

  4. You may want to mention that even if for children who are not hyperactive, recent research has shown that the artificial food dyes reduce their attention spans. How will American children compete with European children in education and later in the job market?

  5. Urge the senators to take action: Please help our Maryland children have happy, healthy, and productive lives. Support SB 100, 101 and SJ 3.

Bill information recap:

Senate Bill 100 proposes that public schools and child care centers not be allowed to sell or serve foods containing the following synthetic food dyes on or after July 1, 2010: Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6.

Senate Bill 101 proposes that foods containing these colorings not be allowed to be sold or served in Maryland after January 1, 2012. Between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011, all foods containing them would be required to carry the following warning label: "Warning: the color additives in this food may cause hyperactivity and behavioral problems in some children."

Senate Joint Resolution 3 urges the US Congress to enact legislation banning the use of these dyes in any food sold, served, or distributed in the United States. This joint resolution cites the work of the late Dr. Ben Feingold, who found that a diet eliminating synthetic food dyes, artificial flavorings and certain preservatives helps many children with hyperactivity and other behavior problems. It also cites the large number of rigorous scientific studies that have shown a link between food dyes and hyperactivity since 1977.

Hearing dates:

SB 100 and SJ 3 will be heard in the Finance Committee at 2:30pm, Feb 11th.

SB 101 will be heard in the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee at 1:00pm, Feb 11th.