January 10, 1961
FDA in 2006
With the passage of the Color Additive Amendments in 1960, the FDA began a safety review of the approximately 200 color additives that were in use at the time. Today, about half of the original 200 colors have passed that review and remain in use.
The FDA has set requirements for each of these "permanently listed" colors, specifying its content and how it can be used. And every batch of color used in foods, drugs, cosmetics, or medical devices has to be certified to assure its quality and safety.