Risky chemicals detected in macaroni and cheese powder

Oceane Deschanel
Julho 17, 2017

According to Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Megan McSeveney, for a phthalate to be used in food packaging, "there must be sufficient scientific information to demonstrate the substance is safe under the intended conditions of use".

Chemicals banned from babies' teething toys are present in macaroni and cheese products, according to a new study. "Phthalates tend to be found at higher levels in highly processed or fatty foods." noted the report as stated on Kleanupkraft's webpage. They're also often used in children's toys, but six types of phthalates are banned in the United States for use among kids' toys due to their potential health effects.

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The highest concentrations of phthalates were found in boxed mac and cheese - the kind that comes with powdered cheese mix.

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The chemical Phthalate is in most boxed mac and cheese, including ones labeled organic. That said, some phthalates have altered lab animals' reproductive systems, the CDC says. They are also linked to obesity, thyroid abnormalities, reduced sperm count and mobility and risks to pregnant women and children.

The report which is available online says that "Cheese powder generally had higher levels of phthalate than cheese slices". The test was conducted on a small sample size. Nine were Kraft Heinz products. "The trace amounts that were reported in this limited study are more than 1,000 times lower than levels that scientific authorities have identified as acceptable".

When trying to estimate how many phthalates we consume and are exposed to overall, Jessie Buckley, assistant professor of environmental health and engineering at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said it's not clear. The petition was launched in hopes that America's biggest cheese brand removes all sources of the chemical from their products.

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