Annie's Working With Suppliers To Remove Ortho-Phthalates from Mac and Cheese

March 10, 2021
The company plans to work with its suppliers to eliminate ortho-phthalates that may be present in the packaging materials and food processing equipment that produces the cheese and cheese powder in their macaroni and cheese.

Annie’s announced late last month it is working with its suppliers to remove ortho-phthalates from mac and cheese. 

Ortho-phthalates, also known as phthalates, are commonly used in tubing and conveyor belts to make rigid plastic more flexible. They can also be found packaging ink as well. These same chemicals have been found to cause health problems in children and endocrine issues in adults

Annie's, which is owned by General Mills, made the announcement after reports of phthalates being found in dairy ingredients of macaroni and cheese. The company explained on the next course of action on its website, "We continue to work with our trusted suppliers to eliminate ortho-phthalates that may be present in the packaging materials and food processing equipment that produces the cheese and cheese powder in our macaroni and cheese." 

In a statement, a spokeswoman for General Mills, which owns Annie’s, said, “We are committed to learning more to better understand this emerging issue and determine how Annie’s can be a part of the solution.”

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Erin Hallstrom oversaw our digital content strategy for the Food Processing brand from 2008-2023. She is now the Associate Director of SEO Strategy for Endeavor Business Media, where she holds technical certifications in both website analytics and search engine optimization. Most recently, she was named the 2022 Marianne Dekker Mattera Award Winner

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