Kraft To Stop Using Artificial Dyes In Some Mac & Cheese Products (But Not In The Most Popular Version)

The SpongeBob mac and cheese will ditch the artificial dyes, while the original flavor from Kraft will continue to use them.

The SpongeBob mac and cheese will ditch the artificial dyes, while the original flavor from Kraft will continue to use them. (Photos: SA_Steve; KateMonkey)

Six months after a petition to remove certain controversial food dyes from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese products made national headlines, the company has announced that it will remove artificial dyes from three kid-targeted mac and cheese products. However, Kraft will continue using the dyes in the “original flavor” versions that include elbow macaroni.

According to the AP, Kraft denies that this decision has anything to do with the Change.org petition that has gathered around 350,000 signatures since being posted in March. Because heaven forbid the company appear to be responding to a massive public request.

While the elbow macaroni versions of Kraft mac and cheese that most people have in their cupboards will still use the artificial dyes, Kraft will stop using the coloring in products with SpongeBob Squarepants, Halloween and winter shapes, along with two new pasta shapes to come.

The artificial dye will be gone and paprika will be used to boost the coloring, explains Kraft.

The dyes in question aren’t used in Kraft products in Europe, and the company offers items stateside that don’t use artificial dyes. Considering the company already goes the natural coloring route elsewhere, why can’t it make the change across the board, argued the petitioners.

The mom who created that petition told the AP that this is just the first step in the long process of changing Kraft’s ways.

“I knew all along that it wasn’t going to be an overnight change,” she explains. “This is a big corporation, and this is one of their biggest products.”

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  1. EducationalGeek says:

    It’s amazing what the EU bans in foods but the FDA doesn’t care. Finally people are starting to get with the program and harp on the companies to change their ingredients.

    • CerneV2 says:

      The EU also has rules governing the shape of bananas. They’re not exactly a model for good, scientific government.

  2. TianaS says:

    I was one of those people who signed the petition. It makes me a little sad inside that they aren’t making changes to their most popular “traditional” Mac & Cheese though, since that’s the one I can buy the cheapest (and in bulk).

  3. Raekwon says:

    Meh, just because Europe bans something doesn’t mean everyone should. Haven’t looked recently but the science showing these as actually being harmful just isn’t there yet.

  4. CerneV2 says:

    There has yet to be any evidence of health differences between the 2 versions. In some cases natural dyes and flavours can be more harmful than the artificial variety.