Phthalates can be found in a host of home and personal care products (think: soaps, hair sprays, raincoats, detergents and flooring). "Phthalates can migrate into food products during processing, packaging, and preparation".
The study was funded by four advocacy groups, including the Environmental Health Strategy Center, the Ecology Center, Healthy Babies Bright Futures, and Safer States. Diet is considered a major route of exposure to these chemicals. They are easily absorbed by fat cells, moving from plastics into food, and food into people. Also, it is reportedly being linked to learning and behavioral problems in older children. While slathering phthalates on your skin or popping pills coated in them is certainly not appealing, eating them in our food products is potentially worse, particularly when these foods are eaten in high volumes by children, whose developing bodies and brains are even more vulnerable than our adult bodies.
Just how much is there?The chemicals were most prevalent in the processed cheese powder that comes in boxed macaroni and cheese mixes. The test was conducted on a small sample size.
Cheese has been one of the most loved processed items that directly reaches the heart of millions all over the world.
A 2014 scientific review paper concluded that dairy products were the largest contributor of dietary exposure to DEHP for pregnant women and children, based on phthalate levels and food consumption rates.
The report which is available online says that "Cheese powder generally had higher levels of phthalate than cheese slices".
Of the 30 products tested, some were labeled organic.
"Kraft Heinz must take action now because the federal government has not done so". "The trace amounts that were reported in this limited study are more than 1,000 times lower than levels that scientific authorities have identified as acceptable". This shocking revelation has made us question if our favourite snacks are actually safe to consume! "There's no requirement to release that info", said Buckley. The presence of such chemicals in the body was attributed to consuming food items packed in plastic.
"We don't know what the safe limits are - but it's prudent to limit exposure if we can", she added.