DEHP, which Dr. Mercola calls one of the top six chemical threats to humans, was found more often and at a much higher average concentration than any other phthalate.
The chemicals, known to disrupt male hormones, have been linked to genital birth defects in infant boys and learning and behavior problems in older children. Some phthalates have been banned from children’s toys and products. “Phthalates tend to be found at higher levels in highly processed or fatty foods.” noted the report as stated on Kleanupkraft’s webpage. It found evidence of the chemical in 29 of the 30 products tested. Environmental and food safety groups petitioned the FDA to remove all phthalates from food and food packaging past year, though the petition has been delayed for technical reasons. Instead, they find their way into our food, personal care products and toys when the oil and gas, which is no laughing matter.
“They are used in the plastic tubing, the plastic gloves, the gaskets all along the food supply chain”, said Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, one of the groups participating in the coalition. Will you stop buying the processed food product due to the high levels of phthalates? They pose a risk to pregnant women and young children. The samples were sent to an independent lab in Belgium, where the fats were extracted and tested for 13 different types of phthalates.
The chemical Phthalate is in most boxed mac and cheese, including ones labeled organic. To approximate a more realistic serving, the survey calculated levels of phthalates based on the fat content of each product.
Nine of the products analyzed were created by Kraft, which is the leading provider of mac and cheese products across the country. This shocking revelation has made us question if our favourite snacks are actually safe to consume!
“Our belief is that it’s in every mac and cheese product – you can’t shop your way out of the problem”, Belliveau told the Times.
The study was published by the Coalition for Safer Food Processing and Packaging, a group of consumers, doctors, scientists, and health advocates.