6/4/2013 Update: The New York Times Publishes Label – read full story here
5/31/2013 Update: In this video filmed on 5/31/2013, Flo who is a Food Babe reader, visited Tesco Extra in Ponders End, Enfield, North London to demonstrate there are boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese that are imported into the United Kingdom from the United States that require these special warning labels to alert consumers of potentially harmful ingredients that Kraft is using in their products. This video further verifies that Kraft’s flagship product “Macaroni & Cheese” sold in the UK requires a warning label stating the product may cause an adverse effect in activity and attention in children and is made with GMO wheat. (Note: GMO wheat is illegal in the US.)
The information I just uncovered about Kraft Mac & Cheese is CRAZY.
It’s been almost 2 months since I hand delivered thousands of signatures to Kraft’s front door requesting the removal of artificial dyes from their Mac & Cheese. The people inside that I met with said they’d keep the conversation open and research my questions that went unanswered… but I haven’t heard a peep from them – not a word. Of course I’ve followed up via email and voicemail and baring an impromptu visit to their headquarters again – I’m not sure if they’ll ever willingly want to talk to me in the near future or any of the rest of the 288,000 people who signed the petition.
Kraft’s refusal to keep a conversation open doesn’t surprise me, considering their tone and the nature of my initial meeting at their headquarters. (You can read the full inside story of that visit here). They didn’t send out the people who make decisions to speak with me (like the head of Mac & Cheese) – instead Kraft sent their corporate spokespeople to discuss what I believe is a very serious issue. An issue that has been broadcast all over the World including countries like Mexico, Brazil, Canada, U.K., Finland, Japan, and in almost every city in the United States. This is an issue that has brought out the truth, thanks to several different media agencies who asked for a medical opinion about the harmful effects of artificial food dyes and who agreed there are risks associated with consuming them.
Their refusal to listen and change their products is all about money. Kraft cares more about their bottom line than the health of millions of children everywhere who they are selling the boxes of Mac & Cheese to.
It was just announced that Kraft’s CEO Tony Vernon made 49% more this year than he did last year. This fact kicked me right in the face. These are millions of dollars that could be used to stop the production of artificial food dyes. These are millions of dollars that could be used to improve Kraft’s product line for the safety of Americans. These are millions of dollars that could send a statement to us that Kraft really does care about the safety of their consumers (like they’ve said in their canned written statement already).
While Kraft has reformulated their Mac & Cheese for other countries using safer ingredients and natural dyes – they continue to exploit and feed Americans dyes made with petroleum linked to a myriad of diseases and GMOs.
But wait – you must be thinking – what?! There are GMOs in Mac & Cheese? And it’s not just any old GMO.
Kraft Mac & Cheese is made with Genetically Modified Wheat.
Below is a picture of the warning label that is placed on a box of Macaroni and Cheese (the same one we buy here) imported into the UK from the United States. The UK and other European countries require a warning label if a product contains artificial food dyes and/or GMOs. This label has a warning for both! You must be wondering how the heck did I get this box of Mac & Cheese… this is where having so many wonderful readers across the globe is quite amazing. Someone actually sent this to me after I saw them post a picture of it on Kraft’s facebook page (Thank you Flo!!!). This box of Mac & Cheese is available and sold in a special imported “international food” section in a grocery store called Tesco. The box clearly states that it is from the US – specifically “Northfield, Illinois.”
On the label of Kraft Mac & Cheese there are 2 different warnings:
Warning #1: This Product May Cause Adverse Effects On Activity And Attention In Children (This warning label is required because The US version of Kraft Mac & Cheese has artificial food dyes yellow #5 and yellow #6 which are proven to be linked to hyperactivity in children.)
Warning #2: GMO Declaration: Made from genetically modified wheat. (May contain GMO) (This warning label is required because the US version of Kraft Mac & Cheese contains GMOs.)
Please note: It is uncertain at this time who places these warning labels on products once they are imported into the UK and this is something I am still investigating. I know it is not the grocery store themselves and not Kraft, but likely the importer/distribution company.
2 New Pictures Above added on May 31, 2013
If Kraft is using genetically modified (GMO) wheat in their Mac & Cheese, it is SERIOUSLY ALARMING for a number of reasons.
- GMO Wheat is not approved by the USDA for U.S. Farming. So where the heck is Kraft getting this wheat to put in their Mac & Cheese?
- Last night in breaking news, it was discovered that GMO wheat had been illegally growing in Oregon. So this begs the question – is there illegal GMO wheat in Kraft Mac & Cheese?
- The USDA is investigating the illegal crop in Oregon – Don’t you think they should investigate companies that are using GM wheat like Kraft too? (Contact the USDA here).
- If Kraft is not using GMO wheat grown in the United States, they could be getting genetically engineered wheat from other countries that allow the production, and are importing it into the US. It is crazy to think that a company could be importing a crop that is not approved for use in the US and putting it our products without labeling!
- There is only one other likely scenario for the GMO Declaration on Kraft’s Mac & Cheese. The farm land that wheat is grown on in the US is so contaminated from GMO crops like corn and soy, they have no choice but to declare our wheat genetically modified on the warning label when exported to other countries. This fact is very concerning if true and has dire implications for the entire farmland here in America.
- The labeler could have mistaken GMO corn for GMO wheat, but if that is the case, Kraft needs to confirm either way.
If Kraft is using illegal GMO wheat in Mac & Cheese – are they using it in the rest of their products too? This alone is reason enough to boycott this company – As if we didn’t have enough reasons before.
How To Vote With Your Dollars And Hit Kraft’s Bottom Line
Kraft is a food giant which used to be even larger before they split with Mondelez late last fall. Here is a list of major brands that Kraft produces now that you need to know to avoid. I’ve included some alternatives to check out instead…
- Study This List & Share It With Your Friends and Family
- Don’t Buy Any of These Products In The Future
- Search Your Pantry and Fridge For These Products
- Take Them Back To The Store and Get a Refund
|Kraft Brands To Avoid||Brands to Choose Instead|
|A1||Annies BBQ Sauce or make your own|
|Back To Nature||Annie’s Branded Snacks and Mac & Cheese|
|Bakers||Organic Baking Chocolate by Sunspire|
|Boca||Sunshine Burgers or make your own|
|Bulls Eye||Annies BBQ Sauce or make your own|
|Café Collection (Coffee Mate)||Use real organic milk or almond milk, dried non fat organic milk powder works too|
|Capri Sun||Squeeze Your Own Fresh Juice or Choose Whole Food’s or Trader Joe’s (FYI – they recently found mold growing in Capri Sun packages)|
|Cheez Whiz||Just eat real cheese|
|Corn Nuts||Stick to real nuts|
|Country Time||Make homemade lemonade or choose Lakewood Juice|
|Crystal Light||Ban this altogether – this stuff is not good for your health, try infusing water with fruits instead|
|Dream Whip||Make real whip cream instead or go with Tru whip|
|General Food International||Recipe for homemade creamer from Deliciously Organic|
|Gevalia||Larry’s Beans or another organic coffee brand you like|
|Good Seasons||Simply Organic has dressing mixes that don’t have harmful ingredients|
|Gravy Master||Here is a recipe for homemade gravy|
|Grey Poupon||Annie’s Mustard|
|Handi Snacks||Mary’s Gone Crackers and Cheese|
|Jell-O||Mama Natural shows you how to make healthy jello|
|Jet Puffed Marshmallows||Vegan Marshmallows without artificial food dyes and corn syrup are available at Natural Food Stores|
|Kraft Macaroni & Cheese||Make your own or choose Annie’s Mac & Cheese|
|Kraft Cheese||Organic Valley or local|
|Kool-Aid||Just don’t do it.|
|Lunchables||Make your own! Check 100 Days of Real Food for Lunch Ideas|
|Maxwell House||Larry’s Beans or another organic coffee brand you like|
|Miracle Whip||Spectrum or Veganaise|
|Open Pit||Annies BBQ Sauce or make your own|
|Oscar Mayer||Applegate Farms|
|Philadelphia||Organic Valley, Trader Joes has organic cream cheese|
|Sanka||Choose organic coffee always|
|Tang||Don’t do it! Consider adding some fresh OJ to your water instead|
|Tapatio||Choose an organic hot sauce|
|Tassimo Professional||Do not buy this coffee machine – choose breville or cusinart instead|
|Velveeta||This stuff is gross, just don’t do it. Stick to real cheese – try Organic Valley|
|Yuban||Larry’s Beans or another organic coffee brand you like|
Please take the time to share this crucial information with your family and friends. We must keep the social media pressure on Kraft – they need to know that we are not going away or letting them off the hook for this madness.
Thank you for your continued support and good energy!
If you’d like to call and inquire about this – here’s the UPC code on the box of Kraft Mac & Cheese sent to me with the warning label.