Risky chemicals detected in macaroni and cheese powder

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 17, 2017

"The phthalate concentrations in powder from mac and cheese mixes were more than four times higher than in block cheese and other natural cheeses like shredded cheese, string cheese and cottage cheese", Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, which was one of the funders of the report, told The New York Times. It found evidence of the chemical in 29 of the 30 products tested. Chocolate, French Fries, Cheese: Top 5 highly addictive food products we have been eating for a long time now!

Phthalates are a family of chemicals that are widely used in soaps, plastics, adhesives, rubbers, inks and fragrances.

According to the National Institutes of Health, these chemicals are believed to be endocrine disruptors, able to interfere with the body's hormonal system. A 2014 report to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned of their health effects, especially in children and pregnant women. Past research has indicated some types have been shown to affect the reproductive system of laboratory animals, but "more research is needed to assess the human health effects of exposure to phthalates", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While makers of these processed food claim that the product absolutely safe, phthalate are actually so toxic that they have been banned from children's toys and products.

The mysterious packet of powder that turns boxed pasta into mac and cheese may contain potentially harmful chemicals, according to new research. To approximate a more realistic serving, the survey calculated levels of phthalates based on the fat content of each product.

The report which is available online says that "Cheese powder generally had higher levels of phthalate than cheese slices". Nine of the cheese products tested were made by Kraft. Kraft Heinz is the largest seller of boxed macaroni and cheese, making up 76% of the market share. "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". "Our products are safe for consumers to enjoy". "There's no requirement to release that info", said Buckley. The presence of such chemicals in the body was attributed to consuming food items packed in plastic. Buckely was not involved in the assessment.

"Our belief is that it's in every mac "n" cheese product - you can't shop your way out of the problem", Belliveau said. 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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