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Food Bloggers Petition Kraft To Remove Food Dyes

Vani Hari and Lisa Leake have petitioned Kraft to remove Yellow 5 and 6 dyes from its Macaroni & Cheese.

Don't dig in quite just yet - the US version of Kraft mac and cheese contains harmful chemical dyes.

Photo: Courtesy of 427 (Flickr)

Kraft has yet to respond to Hari and Leake's demands.

Speaking Up

Food bloggers Vani Hari and Lisa Leake are petitioning Kraft to remove the dyes Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 from its Macaroni & Cheese recipes.

Their petition, which has garnered national attention thanks to attention from Good Morning America and the Dr. Oz Show, has been signed by some 270,000 supporters within a week of its launch.

Artificially Cheesy

Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 are what give Macaroni & Cheese its bright coloration. Though science is still undecided about their causal role, the dyes have been associated with adverse health effects such as asthma, skin rashes, migraines and increased hyperactivity in children.

Kraft removed the dyes from British products when UK consumers caused an uproar. Hari and Leake claim the re-formulation resulted in no visual or taste differences.

The Kraft petition comes on the heels of 15-year-old Sarah Kavanagh’s successful effort to convince Gatorade to remove brominated vegetable oil from its sports drinks.

Read More:

  • Kraft Macaroni & Cheese chemical additives targeted by food bloggers (The Guardian)
  • Teen Gets Gatorade To Change Recipe (Earth Eats)
  • Bloggers petition Kraft to cut dye from mac & cheese (USA Today)
Caroline Hoven

Caroline Hoven is studying journalism at Indiana University. She has a passion for learning how to cook.

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  • Cori Faklaris

    I linked to your post in my new article for – these bloggers met with Kraft this week to deliver the petition signatures and urge action on the dye issue.

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