Most little kids and some big adults love Kraft macaroni and cheese. On Friday, March 8, some were surprised to find out that the bright orange color isn't real. According to Fox News, two moms from North Carolina are speaking out about the artificial coloring in Kraft macaroni and cheese.
Two food blogging moms from North Carolina are petitioning Kraft to stop artificially coloring the cheese mix in its macaroni and cheese product.
Lisa Leake and Vani Hari, bloggers for "100 Days of Real Food," are petitioning other moms to join them to get Kraft to stop using yellow dye 5 and yellow dye 6 in their macaroni and cheese. They contend the dyes add nothing to the flavor and may even be dangerous to kids' health.
The mom cited the following ill effects of the yellow dyes in Kraft macaroni and cheese:
- hyperactivity in children
- migraine headaches
The letter the women wrote to Kraft executives did get a response. Kraft spokesperson Lynne Galia responded to ABC News in an email saying:
"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. So in the U.S., we only use colors that are approved and deemed safe for food use by the Food and Drug Administration."
Kraft knows some Americans prefer foods without certain ingredients. Therefore, Kraft said it provides at least 14 other macaroni and cheese products without added colors and with natural food colors. If you read between the lines, it seems as though Kraft is saying if you don't want the mac and cheese with the dye, then buy one of the other 14 products.
The moms' online petition needs 150,00 signatures to reach their goal. As of this writing, they have 140,000 signatures.