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Most Macaroni and Cheese Products Contain These Chemicals, Study Finds

Most Macaroni and Cheese Products Contain These Chemicals, Study Finds
From TIME - July 14, 2017

A new study finds that most mac and cheese products contain phthalates: chemicals that make plastics more flexible and are found in things like shampoo, fast food and cosmetics. The highest concentrations of phthalates were found in the packets of cheese powder.

The Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging study, which was detailed in the New York Times, found that the chemicals were found in 29 of 30 samples of macaroni and cheese products tested, including organic products. While phthalates are not added to food, they may slip in through processing.

Past research has linked phthalates to health issues including hormone disruption and lower sperm count.

The coalition has launched a #KleanUpCraft petition to encourage Kraft, which makes the most mac and cheese products sold, to eliminate potentially troublesome chemicals in its cheese products.

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