Yellow #5 is in the pickles which seemed to make my kid act nutty today.
Yellow #5 (among other dyes) is made from coal tar.
So what exactly is coal tar?
Let's ask Wikipedia:
Coal tar is a brown or black liquid of extremely high viscosity, which smells of naphthalene and aromatic hydrocarbons. Coal tar is among the by-products when coal is carbonized to make coke or gasified to make coal gas. Coal tars are complex and variable mixtures of phenols, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and heterocyclic compounds, about 200 substances in all.
SO CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHY THE HELL THEY ARE PUTTING THIS IN FOOD????????????????