The Blue Smartie. Removal of Nasties.

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The popular confection was made safe for kids.
The brilliant blue Smartie was replaced by a pastel coloured one with natural flavourings as opposed to its predecessor which contained E numbers believed to be connected to hyperactivity in children.

The Blue Smartie. Removal of Nasties.


The E number struggle.
Nestle Smarties will be recognisable to children in the UK as colourful, pill sized sweets. They are also marketed in Canada, Germany and doubtless imported elsewhere. These confections have been the source of much controversy which lead to the banning of the blue Smartie. In 1990 concerns were raised because of their adverse effects on children. The most common complaint from parents being hyperactivity.

Despite fears, no concrete evidence that Smarties were carcinogenic was confirmed.
Smarties used to contain a variety of E numbers (E meaning that the chemical had been given the green light for use in Europe.) Among these were E112 (red), E110 (Sunset Yellow), E124 (Ponceau).

Blue Smarties were removed from sale and replaced with white ones as a substitute could not be found. White was in the end also withdrawn because of the sweet’s likeness to a tablet.

(Spirulina is a blue green seaweed which grows in alkaline waters. (image by wiki)
Today the blue Smartie is perhaps less attractive in colour, but safer. It is a pastel blue and naturally coloured with the seaweed Spirulina. The change is good for parents and Kids alike. Now the sweets can be enjoyed without side effects or concerns.

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Blue, Confectionary, E Numbers, Nasties, Seaweed, Smartie, Spirulina, Sweets

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author avatar Denise O
16th Feb 2012 (#)

Well I am glad they changed it. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar ittech
16th Feb 2012 (#)



very interesting writing . Keep going .

well written

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
16th Feb 2012 (#)

For sure red and yellow dyes have been linked to behavior problems, the funny thing is these dyes are in so many foods and why we expect the food companies to change when it is is just as easy to not give our kids such foods.

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author avatar krrymarie
16th Feb 2012 (#)

Smarties are my fav but i do hate the new tubes they come in. All sweets are bad for kids and make them go hyper.

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author avatar ittech
17th Feb 2012 (#)

thanks for share

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author avatar ittech
22nd Feb 2012 (#)

Distinctive and stylish elegance

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author avatar ittech
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Great share, thank you.

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