A Kraft Macaroni & Cheese petition seeks to ban two dyes used in on the American version of the classic kid-favorite dish. The petition want to remove yellow dye #5 and yellow dye #6 was filed on the Change.org website by two concerned moms.
Lisa Leake and Vani Hari maintain that the dyes in Kraft mac and cheese have been linked to hyperactivity in children, migraines, asthma, and cancer. The macaroni and cheese petition has already garnered more than 41,000 signatures.
The North Carolina moms are demanding that Kraft stop using the artificial dyes in packages of their macaroni and cheese. The women feel the synthetic yellow dye #5 and yellow dye #6 do not impact taste and carry negative health effects.
While researching Kraft Macaroni & Cheese practices, Lisa Leake and Vani Hari discovered that the company does sell a dye-free version of the cheesy treat in the United Kingdom because of stricter governmental regulations in the country.
The petition is entitled Kraft: Stop Using Dangerous Food Dyes in Our Mac & Cheese. The women behind the movement stated that the yellow dyes contain benzidine 4-amino-buphenyl. The substance is a man-made ingredient reportedly derived from petroleum and used solely for aesthetic purposes. Leake has said, “We think this is an important issue to tackle because Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is an iconic food product. I used to feed it to my kids years ago and we think we deserve the same version as our friends overeas.”
Vani Hari notes that the synthetic yellow dyes require warning labels outside of the United States. The United Kingdom version of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese uses paprika and natural beta carotene to obtain the classic yellow color.
The North Carolina moms who started the macaroni and cheese petition conducted a taste test on the American and European versions of Kraft mac and cheese. The ladies shared the video on YouTube. According to the statements made during the video, the two products both look and taste virtually the same.
What do you think about the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese petition to ban the synthetic yellow dyes?