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Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese Phthalate Content Class Action

“For years,” claims the complaint for this class action, Annie’s “has been aware that its Products contain phthalates but only recently has it pledged to take steps to remove these harmful chemicals.” Phthalates are chemicals that are used to make plastics flexible. However, they may migrate into food from the substances it makes contact with during processing or packaging. Phthalates tend to bind to fatty substances, and the complaint for this class action alleges that General Mill’s line of Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese products contain phthalates.

The class for this action is all persons in the US who bought the products. A California Subclass has also been proposed for all persons who bought the products in California.

The complaint alleges, “Because phthalates bind with fats, they tend to be found at higher levels in highly processed or fatty foods” such as the macaroni and cheese products at issue.

Phthalates are known as “endocrine disrupters” because they tend to mimic or block the human body’s hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone.

According to the complaint, however, these aren’t like other chemicals that can find their way into foods: “Unfortunately, researchers have proved that, unlike other chemicals, phthalates appear to have more serious effects at lower levels than at higher levels.” Also, it points out, “Too much or too little of a hormone can be harmful.”

In animals, the complaint claims, phthalates can increase the risk of liver or kidney cancer and do damage to male reproductive organs; and exposure of children to phthalates can increase the risk of asthma, bronchial obstructions, and possibly obesity, among other things. Even prenatal exposure can be harmful, the complaint says. Phthalates seem in particular to block the production of testosterone, which can be harmful to developing male fetuses.

The complaint quotes a doctor as saying, “If you asked most scientists about the top 10 or twenty endocrine-disrupting chemicals they worry about, phthalates would be on that list.”

In 2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act permanently banning phthalates. “[A]s of February 2009,” the complaint says, “children’s toys and child care products sold in the US (such as teething rings and plastic books) cannot contain phthalates.” The European Union banned certain phthalates in toys that children three years old or under may put in their mouths. Fourteen other countries banned phthalates before the US did.

Annie’s has now promised to remove phthalates from its products. The complaint claims it’s “seek[ing] compensatory damages for all Products purchased that still contain phthalates.”

The counts include breach of implied warranty and fraud.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese Phthalate Content Class Action

April 2, 2021

“For years,” claims the complaint for this class action, Annie’s “has been aware that its Products contain phthalates but only recently has it pledged to take steps to remove these harmful chemicals.” Phthalates are chemicals that are used to make plastics flexible. However, they may migrate into food from the substances it makes contact with during processing or packaging. Phthalates tend to bind to fatty substances, and the complaint for this class action alleges that General Mill’s line of Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese products contain phthalates.

Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese Phthalate Content Class Action

Case Event History

Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese Phthalate Content Class Action

April 2, 2021

“For years,” claims the complaint for this class action, Annie’s “has been aware that its Products contain phthalates but only recently has it pledged to take steps to remove these harmful chemicals.” Phthalates are chemicals that are used to make plastics flexible. However, they may migrate into food from the substances it makes contact with during processing or packaging. Phthalates tend to bind to fatty substances, and the complaint for this class action alleges that General Mill’s line of Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese products contain phthalates.

Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese Phthalate Content Class Action
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Food Contamination, Fraud