Kraft Foods Group is recalling about 242,000 cases (6.5 million boxes) of macaroni & cheese are being pulled off the shelves because they may contain metal contamination.
The boxes in question have the usual “best when used by” labels with dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015 and were sold in the United States, Puerto Rico, and some Caribbean and South American countries, but not in Canada.
On the boxes, under the expiration date will be printed “C2,” designating the factory where the contamination occurred.
The company related to the public that they received 8 complaints. The products in question are 7.25 oz. box, Original flavor that is:
- 3-pack box of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor,
- 4-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor, and
- 5-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor.
Another reason to avoid this dangerous food is the Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 food dyes. Both have been found to contain benzidene or other chemicals that cause cancer. Both cause hypersensitivity reactions.
Yellow 5 causes genotoxicity, which means it can damage the genetic information within a cell causing mutations, it can halt cell reproduction, and ultimately, it may lead to cancer.
According to a 2012 study on the toxicity of food dyes, “The inadequacy of much of the testing and the evidence for carcinogenicity, genotoxicity, and hypersensitivity, coupled with the fact that dyes do not improve the safety or nutritional quality of foods, indicates that all of the currently used dyes should be removed from the food supply and replaced, if at all, by safer colorings.”
What are Yellow 5 and Yellow 6?
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Yellow 5 is a synthetic lemon yellow azo dye, also known as tartrazine or E102 and its chemical formula is C16H9N4Na3O9S2.
Tartrazine is a commonly used color all over the world, mainly for yellow, and can also be used with Brilliant Blue FCF (FD&C Blue 1, E133) or Green S (E142) to produce various green shades.
Yellow 5 is widely used in the making of potato chips, jams, candy, drinks and even pet food. It is also added to shampoo and other cosmetic products, as well as vitamins and certain medications.
Yellow 5 is banned in Austria and Norway, and other European countries have issued warnings about their possible side effects. It is still freely and extensively used in the US, however.