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KRAFT SAYS CHEMICAL IN MAC AND CHEESE PERMITTED BY FDA
Kraft Heinz has asked an Illinois federal judge to throw out claims that it failed to tell customers its boxed macaroni and cheese could contain phthalates that could cause adverse health effects if consumed, saying federal regulators have expressly authorized use of those chemicals in food products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration permits the presence of phthalates in the food supply and has found that oral exposure to phthalates is safe at levels far higher than those allegedly found in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.
The FDA has determined the “tolerable intake” of the phthalate DEHP is 0.04 mg/kg/day, which would range between 2 and 4 mgs per day of phthalates for adults who weigh between 110 and 220 pounds. A box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, which contains 206 grams of product in total, would contain 0.0218 mgs of phthalates if one assumed that the entire box consisted of cheese powder.
Plaintiffs Gabrielle Stuve and Jessica Nicodemo claim that Chicago-based Kraft falsely labeled and marketed its popular Macaroni & Cheese by failing to disclose on the packaging that the product either contains or risks containing those chemicals, and that the packaging only tells consumers that the product is “the taste [they] love” and has no artificial flavors, preservatives or dyes.