Chemicals known as phthalates which had been banned from the teething rings of children and the toy rubber duck ten years ago, have been found in macaroni and cheese mix which are prepared with powdered cheese even if it says that is organic.
Phthalates disrupt the hormones and they are linked to some birth defects. They can also influence the learning and can cause behavioral issues.
So how did this bad chemical come into millions of mac and cheese boxes which are sold every year?
They can get there migrating via the packaging – plastic or printed labels and maybe by the equipment used to manufacture them such as: gasket, conveyor belt, plastic tubing, etc.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) haven’t banned the phthalates from the food even they know that there is report from 2014 that shows that the main source is not from the toys but from beverages, drugs and foods.
A study of thirty cheese products discovered that phthalates in over ninety-seven percents of the samples with the highest concentrations were the ones that are highly processed products such as mac and cheese that have cheese powder.
We still do not have a solution for this problem. Do our governmental agencies protect the companies that produce these products?
Here you can watch the CBS news report on this concern (report about mac and cheese starts at 0.50 sec.)