Kraft Mac and Cheese yellow dye removal online petition launched by 2 US mom bloggers (Video)

By on Mar 8, 2013 in Food, Health, Lifestyle, Parenting, United States Comments

Two US mom bloggers Lisa Leake and Vani Hari filed an online petition at Change.org asking Kraft to remove the yellow dye from their Macaroni and Cheese product on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. A video of Leake and Hari talking about their Kraft petition is available below.

Kraft Mac and Cheese dye removal petition

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Image Credit: 100DaysofRealFood.com/FoodBabe.com

The petition titled “Kraft: Stop Using Dangerous Food Dyes in Our Mac & Cheese,” which has now over 126,000 signatures, claimed that the yellow dyes in the said product have no nutritional value, and are harmful additives and dangerous to the health of adults and young children as well.

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the US contains the artificial food dyes Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. These unnecessary – yet potentially harmful – dyes are not in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese in other countries, including the UK, because they were removed due to consumer outcry.” A statement reads at Change.org.

Kraft reformulated their product for the UK, but not for their fellow American citizens. That’s why we are petitioning Kraft to remove all dangerous artificial food dyes from their line of macaroni and cheese.” The Kraft dye removal online petition added, noting that a warning label should also be required outside US.

Lisa Leake from 100DaysofRealFood.com and Vani Hari from FoodBabe.com, who both live at Charlotte, North Carolina, said that they jointly tested both the UK and US versions of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, noting that they found no difference in color or taste between the two products.

In addition, the two mom bloggers emphasized that Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 are contaminated with known carcinogens, which are known to be an agent directly involved in causing cancer. The dyes also allegedly can cause an increase in hyperactivity in children and may affect the children’s ability to learn.

“The safety and quality of our products is our highest priority and we take consumer concerns very seriously. We carefully follow the laws and regulations in the countries where our products are sold,” Kraft spokesperson Lynne Galia was quoted in an email to ABCNews.com.

“So in the U.S., we only use colors that are approved and deemed safe for food use by the Food and Drug Administration.” Galia added, noting that there at least 14 other Mac & Cheese products that have no added colors and with natural food colors.

Apparently, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 are among the food additives approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), stating that “Today, food and color additives are more strictly studied, regulated and monitored than at any other time in history.”


US FDA food ingredients chart
US FDA food ingredients table
Image Credit: FDA.gov


Lisa Leake and Vani Hari explaining their petition asking Kraft to stop using food dyes
on Mac & Cheese

Video Credit: TheFoodbabe/YouTube



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