Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Oh no! Mac and cheese may contain harmful chemicals

A test of cheese products found high phthalate levels in powdered mac and cheese mix A test of cheese products found high phthalate levels in powdered mac and cheese mix
Ben Pena | 14 July, 2017, 15:39

Just this working week, a massive iceberg broke from Antarctica because global warming is soon to end us all, if we don't first die on the subway; the idiot president's idiot son was revealed to have committed treason with Russian Federation; thanks to the worst Kardashian, revenge porn is trending; and now we can't even comfort ourselves with blue box mac and cheese because apparently it's packed with chemicals.

As per a report in the New York Times, the researchers tested 30 cheese products, and found phthalates in 29 of them. The report didn't list names of the specific products tested. The highest concentrations were found in the highly processed cheese powder found in macaroni and cheese boxes.

Lab tests revealed that toxic industrial chemicals, called phthalates, are found in 10 varieties of macaroni and cheese, including eight out of nine Kraft products.

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

Several types of the chemical are banned in children's products, and Europe has banned most phthalates for plastics in contact with fatty foods, the report said, but the Food and Drug Administration has not banned their presence in foods in the United States.

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Emerging research has also suggested links between early childhood exposure to phthalates and neurodevelopmental and behavior problems in young children, including aggression, hyperactivity and possible cognitive delays, said Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle, who studies phthalates.

In case you're suddenly feeling smug because you spring for the pricey, organic boxed mac and cheese, not so fast.

It's urging mac n cheese makers to eliminate any and all phthalates. Officials with Kraft did not respond to requests for comment on the report and its findings. Some phthalates have been linked to genital birth defects and they might lead to an increase in the risk of testicular cancer and lower fertility, according to Prevent Harm, an organization that helps to prevent the consumption of toxic chemicals in every day life. A 2014 study said that dairy products were the largest contributor to phthalate exposure through the diet. Europe has already gotten rid of many phthalates in food production, so there's hope that maybe with enough recognition of the issue the USA could follow suit.

"Parents and their children", Lehner said, "should not have to wait longer to know that their food does not contain toxic chemicals".

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