Dye on Our Oranges!

Did you know that some oranges are dyed orange?  

 

According to the FDA, oranges in certain regions of the United States have historically been artificially colored.   Why?

 

Sometimes oranges mature while still green if the climate isn’t right.   How are oranges colored orange?

 

Two methods are allowed by the FDA:

1. Adding dye, Citrus Red No. 2, to the skin of the orange.

2. Gassing the orange with ethylene gas.

 

What You Can Do:

To avoid artificial dyes on your oranges, buy organic.  The practice of dying an orange is prohibited in organic produce.

 

Source:

http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074540.htm

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