In kitchens across the country, artificial food dyes can be found in everything from packaged macaroni and cheese to breakfast cereal to practically every piece of candy your child has ever put in her mouth.
Artificial food dyes have been linked to hyperactivity in kids (ADHD), cancer and serious food allergies, and GUESS WHAT? Due to enormous consumer pressure, large manufacturers like Kraft Foods voluntarily removed these artificial food dyes from products they sell in other countries, but not from the same products they sell in the US!
If they can make that cheesy mac your kids love without using these artificial petroleum-derived dyes for other countries, then why not for our kids?
Kraft Foods is the largest confectionery, food, and beverage corporation headquartered in the United States and they own dozens of other brands including Jell-O, Nabisco and Oscar Mayer. If we can get Kraft Foods to change its practices - we can change the entire food industry!
Let's demand that Kraft Foods clean up its US act, and remove risky artificial food dyes from their products.
- Chairman/CEO Kraft Foods
I am writing to demand that you reform your products and eliminate artificial food dyes.
According to the FDA, between 1955 and 2007 the daily amount of artificial food dyes allowed for
consumption per day per capita in the U.S. has increased five-fold. American children are more exposed to synthetic dyes than in any other country. And no studies have been conducted to examine what the compound effects are of our children ingesting all of these chemicals.
Artificial food dyes have been linked to hyperactivity in kids (ADHD), cancer, and serious food allergies. You have already eliminated the use of these dyes in products you make for other countries. Now it’s time to remove these ingredients from US products.
I urge you to place the same value on the lives of the American children that you have already placed on the lives of children in other countries and to reform your products to be free of artificial food dyes to help protect the health of children in the U.S.
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