There are dozens of campaigns on foodbabe.com. Among the ones that have gotten national attention:
1. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Vani Hari and another Charlotte blogger, Lisa Leake, started a petition drive on the site change.org asking Kraft to remove the food dyes Yellow No. 5 and No. 6 from its macaroni and cheese dinners. Kraft eventually announced it would remove the dyes from kid-focused character-shaped lines, including SpongeBob SquarePants and holiday shapes, but didnt change the original flavor.
2. Subway breads. Hari targeted Subway for the use of azodicarbonamide, a bleaching agent and dough conditioner used in a number of products. Subway announced in April that it would remove the ingredient.
3. Chick-fil-A. Hari met with Chick-Fil-A executives in October 2012 and discussed several issues with the companys products, including the use of high fructose corn syrup, ingredients that include genetically modified materials and chickens that have been given antibiotics. Chick-fil-A has announced plans to remove food dyes, high fructose corn syrup and some preservatives. In February, it announced a plan to use only antibiotic-free chicken within five years.
4. Chipotle. After Hari complained to the company, it agreed to post ingredient lists on its website, chipotle.com. It has done so, along with a key that explains which are organic and a box addressing efforts to eliminate ingredients made from genetically modified organisms.
5. Beer. After an online campaign at foodbabe.com calling for brewers to reveal their ingredients, Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors agreed to post ingredients on their websites. So far, however, Anheuser-Busch only lists water, barley malt, rice, yeast and/or hops for several beers at www.tapintoyourbeer.com, and MillerCoors has water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops at www.millercoors.com.
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