You probably have some boxes on your shelf right now. One of the most popular foods, that comes from a box with cheese sauce in a powder packet, is... Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
A lawsuit that hit a northern California court last week says Kraft Macaroni & Cheese allegedly has chemicals that have been connected to asthma, obesity, allergies, and hormones that interfere with the growth of children.
Kraft Heinz Company (maker of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese) is the defendant in the lawsuit filed by two plaintiffs. Much of the details of the case against the company are unknown. There have been calls from consumer advocates for the company to remove phthalates from the Kraft's Mac n Cheese since 2017. The website eatthis.com surmises the lawsuit claims they knew of the dangers of phthalates.
A published scientific study from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health says this about phthalates, "immunologic changes, including increased propensity to develop wheeze, allergy and asthma after dietary and inhalation exposure to these chemicals, may be occurring."
Personal commentary: Sounds shocking, but I still love this food that got me through college and those lean years after. In fact, I STILL LOVE IT NOW. I know it's not good for me.