Should I be concerned about food and phthalates?
Our goal at Kraft Mac & Cheese is to provide you with delicious meals your family loves and you can feel good about serving.
We take your questions about phthalates and food safety and quality very seriously because we know moms and dads trust Kraft Mac & Cheese as a quality, tasty, and safe food for the family.
We want you to know that we do not add phthalates to Kraft Mac & Cheese. We are extremely rigorous in our food safety processes. We study every aspect of our mac & cheese recipes and production to ensure it meets all regulatory requirements before bringing a product to your grocery store and into your home.
The safety of phthalates has been assessed by the US Food and Drug Administration and other authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control. The trace levels found in the one limited test of mac & cheese are well below any level of concern. Hundreds of servings of mac & cheese would need to be consumed daily over an entire lifetime in order to exceed levels determined as safe.
The presence of phthalates is widespread and can be found in a variety of food and personal care products. Kraft Mac & Cheese is safe, and like others in the food industry, we are working to learn more about how trace amounts of phthalates may be introduced into certain products and if there is anything else we can do to reduce or eliminate them.
We want you to feel as good as we do about eating Kraft Mac & Cheese and serving it to our families. If you have any specific concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us
For more information about phthalates, please consider these independent sources:
Why did you make changes to Original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, like taking out artificial dyes?
When parents talk, we listen. We know you want to feel good about what you eat and serve your family. This includes everything from improved nutrition to simpler ingredients. You told us you wanted to incorporate more foods with protein, calcium and whole grains into your diets and with no artificial flavors, preservatives or dyes. We heard you.
What about other Kraft Macaroni & Cheese varieties like Cups and Blue Box Premium flavors?
All varieties of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese including Shapes Cups, Original Cups, Premium Flavors, and Easy Mac are on shelves as of 2016 with no artificial flavors, preservatives, or dyes.
What changes have you made to your macaroni & cheese line of products?
We made several changes to Original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner and Boxed Shapes Macaroni & Cheese, all with your family and stomachs in mind. Several of our products, including our Original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, contain no artificial flavors, preservatives, or dyes. We’ve also reduced saturated fats in our Shapes products and have taken steps to include more whole grains in our pasta without compromising the great taste you know and love.
Why do you use a powdered Cheese Sauce mix in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese?
Thanks for asking. Dried foods have been around since the dawn of time, in the form of spices, beans and soup mixes. They're convenient food choices and easy to prepare during a busy day.
Although dried foods are pretty easy to make, they do require a step to remove the water that's found in most foods.
And that's why you can't just shred a block of cheese and turn it into a powdered cheese sauce mix - there's too much moisture.
For our powdered Cheese Sauce Mix in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, we start by making our own cheese. We then blend that cheese with other ingredients to make a cheese sauce that has the one-of-a-kind taste you love.
Then, similar to a food dehydrator you might have at home to dry out fruit like apples, we use a food dehydrator -- just a much larger version. This removes the moisture from the cheese sauce and turns our Cheese Sauce into dry powder.
By using our dry cheese sauce mix and adding your own milk and margarine or butter, you can make your batch of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese fresh anytime.
We believe convenience doesn't have to mean sacrificing good nutrition.
Busy parents who feed their families Kraft Macaroni & Cheese can feel good because it's made with quality ingredients and has 9 grams of protein and 10% daily value of calcium per serving.
How much calcium is in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese?
Most of our products are a good source of calcium with 10% recommended daily value. Some other products have more calcium, like Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese with 15% recommended daily value, and Kraft Boxed Shapes with 20% recommended daily value of calcium. Your kids will love the cheesy taste and you'll love the good source of calcium.
How much protein is in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese?
Most of our Blue Box products have 9 grams of protein per serving. Our Boxed Shapes have 8 grams per serving, and our Cups have 6 grams per serving. Check the nutritional information on the package for more specific details on all of our Kraft Macaroni & Cheese products.