Mac and cheese contains harmful chemicals

Mac and cheese reportedly full of chemicals and the internet is not having it

Mac and cheese reportedly full of chemicals and the internet is not having it

They researchers looked for 13 different types of the chemicals and discovered all but two - and up to six different phthalates were found in some products.

"Phthalates are ubiquitous chemicals, found in hundreds of personal care, food preparation and cleaning products".

Boxed mac and cheese often means survival for tots and poor college students, but new research shows there may be harmful chemicals in the powdered cheese. Environmental and food safety groups want that changed and are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove phthalates from food, food packaging and manufacturing equipment.

Phthalates have not been banned from foods in the US.

While the report did not disclose the names of specific products tested, nine of the cheese products tested were made by Kraft, which makes most of the macaroni and cheese products sold. And, according to the study sampling 30 cheese products (some of which were labeled organic), 29 contained phthalates (with the highest concentrations in the super-processed powder formulations).

A controversial chemical called phthalates is present in multiple mac and cheese powdered cheese mixes, according to a report from the Coalition for Safer Food Processing and Packaging. The worst offenders were the powdered cheeses from macaroni and cheese items, where levels of the potentially unsafe chemicals were four times higher than in other processed cheese products.

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"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", said Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center via New York Times.

Image credit: Matt York / Associated Press / Chicago Tribune " Parents and their children should not have to wait longer to know that their food does not contain toxic chemicals", said coalition member Peter Lehner in a statement.

INSIDER contacted Kraft for comments but the company did not respond in time for publication.

The FDA is aware of phthalates in our food and considers them to be "indirect food additives". Belliveau says they've been banned in Europe.

There is strong evidence that phthalates block the production of the hormone testosterone.

"If you asked most scientists about the top 10 or 20 endocrine-disrupting chemicals they worry about, phthalates would be on that list", Patisaul said. The study has also claimed that it may pose very serious risks to pregnant women and young children.

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