Weird title, I know.
Today at 11am, a petition was delivered to Kraft-Heinz's Pittsburgh headquarters calling for immediate action to find and remove any and all sources of phthalates from their supply chain.
While Phthalates have many exposure routes, food such as dairy and fatty and processed cheeses, including boxed mac & cheese, may be the most dangerous source of phthalates.
Kraft-Heinz is a leading producer of such products. "Phthalate concentrations in Kraft products like mac and cheese powder and processed cheese range from 0.2mg/kg (or parts per million, ppm) to 2.5 ppm. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a safe dose for phthalates is between 0.1 and 0.01 ppm, although many scientific experts think the EPA's safe dose is too lenient."
Phthalates are toxic because of their endocrine disrupting properties, meaning they interfere with hormonal processes and it is well known children are at heightened risk because they are still developing. But, numerous studies indicate that phthalates may be contributing to the human fertility crisis as they act as anti-androgens that block the activity of male hormones like testosterone.
According to a 2013 article in Endocrine Connect titled "Human infertility: are endocrine disruptors to blame?", ED is linked to rising incidence of human reproductive disorders and infertility in both men and women.
Food for thought.