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Kraft’s Mac & Cheese under fire for use of dyes

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We all likely had it as children (or sometimes as adults). But, now, Kraft’s staple Macaroni & Cheese is under fire for the use of certain dyes in the popular pasta product.

Lisa Leake and her fellow North Carolina food blogger, Vani Hari, became concerned about the use of yellow dye 5 and yellow dye 6, which Leake says add nothing to the flavor and may be dangerous to kids' health.

Leake and Hari said they found that Kraft makes the same Mac & Cheese for its consumers in the United Kingdom without the dye, due to stricter additives rules.

In the UK, natural beta carotene and paprika was used to achieve the desired color.

In a statement, Kraft officials say that they "only use colors that are approved and deemed safe for use by the FDA."

Leake and Hari say they worry that food colorings have been associated with hyperactivity in children, allergies, migraine and, because yellow dyes are petroleum-based, maybe cancer, ABC News reported.

Now the two women have posted a petition on Change.org, asking Kraft to offer Americans the same additive-free Mac & Cheese they sell in Europe. So far, the petition has 25,000 signatures and growing.

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