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What chemicals are in your mac and cheese?

17 July 2017, 08:56 | Melissa Porter

What chemicals are in your mac and cheese?

Nearly All Boxed Mac and Cheese Contains Phthalates New Study Finds

But now a study of products that use cheese have found the substances which leak into food from packaging and equipment in nearly all samples.

Of the coalition's analysis of 30 cheese products, 10 were boxed macaroni and cheese powders, five were sliced cheese products, and the remaining 15 products were natural cheese products including hard, shredded, string and cottage cheeses.

When looking at the fat alone, the powdered cheese mix had a concentration of phthalates more than 4 times that of the natural cheeses, and more than 1.5 times the amount in processed cheeses.

Chemicals banned from babies' teething toys are present in macaroni and cheese products, according to a new study.


Known as phthalates, they are already banned from children's teething rings and other toys die to affecting hormones and metabolism. The phthalate-contaminated products have long term health effects and are also linked with obesity, metabolic disorders and have gender altering chemicals which also affect the fertility rate and lead to defects in children.

Of the 30 products tested, some were labeled organic.

However, despite small amounts being detected in the products, a spokesperson for the Kraft Heinz Company assures the products are safe and no phthalates are added. This shocking revelation has made us question if our favourite snacks are actually safe to consume! An associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle and Seattle Children's Hospital told the magazine that there's no accepted level of phthalates that's been deemed harmful, and consumers would "probably need to eat multiple boxes a day to start seeing clear negative health effects". "There's no requirement to release that info", said Buckley. Buckely was not involved in the assessment. 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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