USA:  Phthalates Are Detected In Most Cheese and Macaroni Foods

Jul 26th, 2017

The study carried on by the Coalition for Safer Processing & Packaging discovered that despite the ban on phthalates in the U.S., they have been detected in a variety of pasta and cheese products. Dangerous chemicals are found in processed, natural and powdered cheese in high concentration which may lead to hormone disruption and developmental disabilities at the early age.

As soon as phthalates were classified harmful for human, in particular, children health, the U.S. government banned six kinds of phthalates from food products for children.  However, cheese and macaroni were not included in that list of food items. Given the fact that these foods are among the most frequently marketed children products, the researchers are ringing the alarm and warn against the presence of these chemicals in food.

They have tested 30 types of cheese used in a big variety of products. Shocking news is that phthalates found in 39 of 40 tested food items are widely used to produce coatings, sealants, adhesives, plastics and rubber.   The researchers detected 10 types of phthalates the level of which in the tested cheese was four times higher than in natural cheeses.  The highest level of phthalates found in cheese – it exceeded 2,500 mg per kilo.   The “leader” which produces macaroni and cheese producers with high phthalate level is Kraft. It sells 75% of all cheese and macaroni at the domestic market.  The findings show that almost every above-mentioned type of food contains phthalates, even if a producer labels it organic.  Therefore, consumers cannot simply avoid buying them. DEHP, a widely banned phthalate, at the same time is the most frequently found chemical in many foods.

In fact, phthalates strongly affect human health. Most often they disrupt hormone system, increase the chance of endometriosis, fibroids and other reproductive diseases. They reduce semen fertilising capacity and slow mental development. Health professionals believe they increase the risk of arterial hypertension, obesity and diabetes. Phthalates are not direct additives. Foods absorb them during packaging, processing or procuring. Among the foods that have the highest concentration of phthalates are dairy products.