Powdered macaroni and cheese contains harmful chemicals

Powdered macaroni and cheese contains harmful chemicals

Powdered macaroni and cheese contains harmful chemicals

According to The New York Times reports, the group tested 30 cheese products, and found phthalates - which have been linked to genital birth defects in baby boys and behavior problems in older kids - in 29 of them, including shredded cheese and string cheese. "Phthalates can migrate into food products during processing, packaging, and preparation".

A new study claims your favorite macaroni and cheese products may contain risky chemicals.

The analysis was done by the the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging, a consortium of environmental health advocacy groups, and has not been published in a peer reviewed journal.

The U.S. government phthalates from children's teething rings and rubber duck toys a decade ago.

These chemicals are believed to pose a serious threat to the health of pregnant women and children. 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. The test was conducted on a small sample size. When doing so, the level of phthalate in a package of powdered cheese was about twice the level in the natural cheeses, and similar to sliced cheese. Nine were Kraft Heinz products.

"We do not add phthalates to our products", Kraft spokesperson Lynne Galia said in an emailed statement. "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". The presence of such chemicals in the body was attributed to consuming food items packed in plastic.

"Our belief is that (phthalates are) 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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