new study has found that phthalates, a group of chemicals already banned from use in children’s toys because they are known to alter male hormones like testosterone, have been found prevalent in popular box mac and cheese products. Since about two million boxes of mac and cheese are sold in the United States every day, Mike Belliveau, executive

director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, one of four advocacy groups that funded the study, told The New York Times that it is hard for American households to avoid phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates). The study, released by the Coalition for Safer Food Processing and also funded by the Ecology Center, Healthy Babies Bright Futures and Safer States, found that “phthalates were detected in nearly every cheese product tested (29 of 30 varieties).” READ MORE