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Consumer group warns of carcinogenic dye in some Easter candies

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(California News Service) Pink and purple Peeps are popular Easter treats, but consumer health experts warn they contain a dye that has been linked to cancer and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The Food and Drug Administration banned Red Dye No. 3 in cosmetics in 1990, saying it causes cancer in rats, but 33 years later it remains legal as a food additive.