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Kraft Mac & Cheese Phthalates Content Massachusetts Class Action

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese products are childhood comfort food for many people, but the complaint for this class action alleges that the products contain chemical substances called ortho-phthalates, or just phthalates. The complaint claims that Kraft Heinz Foods Company, the maker, “has been aware that its Products contain phthalates” for years now, “but [it] has refused to take steps to remove these chemicals even though removal is possible using practical and good manufacturing practices.”

The class for this action is all persons who, during the applicable statutes of limitation, bought Kraft Mac & Cheese products in Massachusetts for personal or household use and not for resale.

Phthalates, the complaint alleges, are “endocrine-disrupting chemicals” that can be particularly harmful to pregnant women and children. They “affect the body’s hormones by mimicking them or blocking them.” They have been associated in recent years with a variety of conditions and illnesses, the complaint says, including “asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopemental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues.”

A law passed in 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, has permanently banned certain phthalates in children’s toys and child care products on sale in the US. The European Union and fourteen other countries already had bans on certain phthalates in children’s toys.

It says, “Although not intentionally added to food, phthalates are ‘indirect’ food additives, because they escape from food contact materials, including processing equipment, such as plastic tubing and conveyor belts, as well as food packaging materials. When added to these materials as plasticizers, phthalates shed onto anything that they touch, such as food products because they are not chemically bound to the plastics and vinyl.”

Phthalates do, however, bind to fats, such as the cheese ingredients in the mac and cheese.

The complaint contends, “It is not necessary to use phthalates in the processing and packaging of [Kraft’s] Products and the use of phthalates can be avoided entirely by [Kraft] through the use of good manufacturing processes.”

After a 2017 study by the Coalition for Safer Food Processing and Packaging found phthalates in the cheese powder in ten varieties of mac and cheese products, the Coalition wrote a public letter to the CEO of Kraft, asking it, as the leading seller of such products, to eliminate phthalates from its food products. In the FAQ area of its website, Kraft does acknowledge the study and the fact that its mac and cheese products contain, or risk containing, phthalates.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Kraft Mac & Cheese Phthalates Content Massachusetts Complaint

June 3, 2021

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese products are childhood comfort food for many people, but the complaint for this class action alleges that the products contain chemical substances called ortho-phthalates, or just phthalates. The complaint claims that Kraft Heinz Foods Company, the maker, “has been aware that its Products contain phthalates” for years now, “but [it] has refused to take steps to remove these chemicals even though removal is possible using practical and good manufacturing practices.”

Kraft Mac & Cheese Phthalates Content Massachusetts Complaint

Case Event History

Kraft Mac & Cheese Phthalates Content Massachusetts Complaint

June 3, 2021

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese products are childhood comfort food for many people, but the complaint for this class action alleges that the products contain chemical substances called ortho-phthalates, or just phthalates. The complaint claims that Kraft Heinz Foods Company, the maker, “has been aware that its Products contain phthalates” for years now, “but [it] has refused to take steps to remove these chemicals even though removal is possible using practical and good manufacturing practices.”

Kraft Mac & Cheese Phthalates Content Massachusetts Complaint
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