Yesterday, Vani Hari (the Food Babe) warned Hershey’s that she was “staring” at them after Nestle announced the pending removal of FDA-approved dyes from their chocolate products.1
Hari should have been looking in a mirror, as I’ve found her affiliated with a company selling products containing the same dyes. (She’s already been caught in a separate dye blunder earlier this week.)
As early as 2013, Food Babe has been in a relationship with Josie Maran cosmetics, earning sales commissions from at least two of their products via her web site.2
Several Josie Maran offerings include the same dyes featured in Nestle’s press release, including Red #40 and Yellow #5.3,4,5,6 Hari campaigns vigorously against yellow #5. The two items I found on Hari’s web site don’t contain the dyes in question, but that’s beside the point–Food Babe argues (quite loudly) that companies should not be using these dyes at all. So why is she in business with a company that sells them?
For the record: experts say that these dyes have been extensively tested. They are considered safe by the FDA.7 Josie Maran has an excellent safety record and there is no reason to punish this company because of the poor research and double standards exhibited by Food Babe.
This isn’t the first time Food Babe has been caught out on the dye issue. On February 16, I revealed that she has been selling a lip stain that contains 3 dyes over which she berated Kraft.8 She has yet to respond.
Why is it OK for Food Babe to scold Nestle because their products contain (safe) dyes and colorings when she’s connected with a company that’s doing the same thing? How much longer will her double standards and hypocrisy be allowed to go unchecked?
The original article incorrectly said that the Nestle press release stated dyes were being removed from all products. It should have said all CHOCOLATE products. This has been corrected.
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(1) Nestle Announcement
(2) Food Babe Shopping
(3) Josie Maran Coconut Water Lip Stain Ingredients (Manufacturer Web Site)
(4) Josie Maran Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick
(5) Josie Maran Argan Color Stick
(6) Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee
(7) FDA: Color Additives
(8) Food Babe Slams Kraft Over Three Dyes But Sells Same (Bad Science Debunked)