Rumor: Kraft Macaroni & Cheese contains GMOs

Does the beloved staple of American kitchens really contain the controversial genetically modified organisms, also referred to as 'zombie' crops?

UPDATE: Kraft Foods does not use genetically engineered wheat in its products

Lynne Galia, a spokesperson for Kraft Foods, released this statement to MSN News: "Genetically engineered (GE) wheat is not available for commercial use. We do not use genetically engineered wheat in KRAFT Mac & Cheese or any other Kraft product. So anyone who is saying or implying there is GE wheat in KRAFT Mac & Cheese or any other Kraft product is wrong.

"In addition, we don’t export Mac & Cheese to the UK and have no authorized distributor there," Galia continues. "The company that has applied this sticker is not authorized by Kraft to sell our products.  They are not a customer of Kraft. They are getting the product from someone else and reselling our product in the UK. We’re continuing to investigate, but because we are not dealing with authorized distributors of our products, we may not get to the bottom of this issue anytime soon."

FALSE: The issue is a little cloudy

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are the third rail of food politics. Although there's scant evidence that foods with GMOs pose a significant health threat, the acronym has become the boogeyman — with “Monsanto” a close second — for activists who believe that only organically grown food can be healthy.

Which is why it's a big deal when someone alleges that there are GMOs in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, that it's-8-p.m.-and-we-still-haven't-started-dinner staple of the American cupboard. As Snopes reports, the origin of this claim comes from a picture posted to Facebook, and featured in this video, that allegedly shows a box of mac 'n' cheese that was imported from the United States to the United Kingdom.

Related: Ben & Jerry's going GMO-free

"THIS PRODUCT MAY HAVE ADVERSE AFFECT ON ACTIVITY AND ATTENTION IN CHILDREN," reads the warning label in part, right above a line that mentions it was made with genetically modified wheat.

What does that mean?

According to Snopes, it doesn't mean what people who are wary of GMOs think it means.

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Regulations in the US and UK are different. The color of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese comes in part from two synthetic dyes. In the US, those dyes don't come with a warning. But they do in the UK. Therefore, that all-caps line meant to scare parents into thinking their kids are going to develop ADD just by eating macaroni is there because of the dye, not the GMO. (See nutrition information for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese)



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