He encouraged consumers to contact manufacturers and ask them to determine how phthalates are getting into their products and take action to prevent it. The cheese product items tested included nine of Kraft’s many cheese products.A new study found high concentrations of potentially risky chemicals known as phthalates in the macaroni and cheese powder.The concentration of the chemicals in those products was four times higher than in other cheese products, Mike Belliveau, one of the researchers and the executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, told the Times. Scientists have linked exposure to some phthalates, during pregnancy and early childhood, to changes in the developing brain that may result in kids who grow up struggling to succeed in school, at work and in life. These include the Environmental Health Strategy Center, Ecology Center, Healthy Babies Bright Futures, and Safer States. An associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle and Seattle Children’s Hospital told the magazine that there’s no accepted level of phthalates that’s been deemed harmful, and consumers would “probably need to eat multiple boxes a day to start seeing clear negative health effects”.Phthalates are often added to plastic or food to increase flexibility but are not banned by the FDA. Natural cheeses had the lowest levels of the chemical, while processed cheese products had the highest levels.Kraft denies using the chemicals. If this is indeed the case, the entire CPG and food processing industry – not just makers of macaroni and cheese – have a big problem on their hands.I’ve been jokingly telling clients for years that phthalates and other chemicals are derived from petrochemicals that can not be used in powering our vehicles.”We do not add phthalates to our products”, Kraft spokesperson Lynne Galia said in an emailed statement.The new study was performed after a recent scientific review found that dairy products were the greatest source of dietary exposure to DEHP for infants and women of reproductive age. The report called for further research to measure phthalate content in various food items and formulation of relevant policies to regulate and monitor the same in food products. But that is little protection for pregnant women.You might already know that you shouldn’t put plastic in the microwave because it can release phthalates into you foods.”We don’t have a lot of information on how much phthalates are in different foods”. However, it’s still unknown how low levels of the chemicals can affect someone.