Answer from McDonald's
Thank you for contacting McDonald's with your views about food and color additives.

McDonald’s has a long-standing commitment to the well-being of our customers, particularly children. As early as 1973, we became the first quick service restaurant company to provide nutrition information to customers. In addition, many nutrition professionals agree that McDonald's food can be part of a nutritious diet based on the sound principles of balance, variety, and moderation.

As it relates to your inquiry, when making decisions about our menu, McDonald’s looks to regulatory authorities, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to determine which ingredients are safe for use in foods and beverages.

Dr. Linda Katz, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Office of Cosmetics and Colors in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) reports, “Color additives are very safe when used properly.” More specifically, the FDA reports “a reasonable certainty of no harm” under the color additive’s proposed conditions of use. Further, the FDA has not recommended that the food industry make any changes with respect to these ingredients. The FDA provides additional explanation on their website:

Please note that all food and color additives on our menu are clearly labeled in our published ingredient statements on Moving forward, we will continue to monitor this issue.

We appreciate your comments and the opportunity to share some information with you. Should you have additional comments or questions, I’d encourage you to contact McDonald’s online at:


Julia Braun, MPH, RD
Nutrition and Regulatory Manager
McDonald’s USA