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Health-damaging plastic chemicals found in Gerber, Cheerios, Wendy’s fast food, and more (See the list!)

If you need another reason to stop eating ultra-processed packaged products and fast food,, this might be the motivation you need. 

A breaking new report found that many of the most popular food and drinks sold in grocery stores and in fast food drive-thru’s are laden with hazardous chemicals from plastics that can seriously harm your health over time. (1)

It’s not just the ingredients in Wendy’s, Coca-Cola, and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream that we need to watch out for. There are chemicals in these products that seep in when they come in contact with packaging materials, or the plastic tubing, conveyor belts, and gloves used during food processing. (1)

Consumer Reports tested 67 products from the grocery store and 18 different fast food items for bisphenols (BPA) and Phthalates.

You’ve probably heard about BPA in the lining of canned food, but now many brands have removed BPA and replaced it with other chemicals that are just as bad! Most of the products that Consumer Reports tested still had some levels of BPA in them, but…

They found alarmingly high amounts of Phthalates in ALMOST EVERY product tested – even those not packaged in cans or plastic!

How are these chemicals harmful to our bodies?

Phthalates are the most common plasticizers (a chemical that makes plastic flexible and durable). Since they are used so much in food processing and packaging, these chemicals are showing up in our bodies, where they can harm our health over time. Experts say even low levels are harmful to the body, especially since we’re being exposed multiple times a day! No level is considered safe. (2)

Phthalates are linked to: 

  • Reduced testosterone and estrogen levels
  • Decreased fertility and higher miscarriage rates
  • Increased risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
  • Elevated blood pressure and triglyceride levels
  • Obesity (3)

Here are the products that had the highest levels of Phthalates in them:

The most contaminated product they tested is an organic brand – Annie’s Organic Cheesy Ravioli – which had 53,579 ng of phthalates per serving! That was nearly double the amount found in other highly contaminated products. 

The other major offenders were Wendy’s Crispy Chicken Nuggets, Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon, Moe’s Southwest Grill Chicken Burrito, Fairlife Core Power High Protein Chocolate Shakes, Del Monte Sliced Peaches, Chipotle Chicken Burrito, and Burger King Whopper With Cheese.

Most shocking is what they found in baby food! 

The levels in baby food weren’t quite as high as other products tested, but babies and children are much more susceptible to the health-damaging effects of these chemicals in our food. 

Do you buy any of these products below? 

FULL LIST ranked from highest to lowest per serving: 

  • Annie’s Organic Cheesy Ravioli – 53,579 ng of phthalates
  • Wendy’s Crispy Chicken Nuggets33,980 ng of phthalates
  • Del Monte Sliced Peaches in 100% Fruit Juice  – 24,928 ng of phthalates
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill Chicken Burrito24,330 ng of phthalates
  • Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon – 24,321 ng of phthalates
  • Chipotle Chicken Burrito20,579 ng of phthalates
  • Fairlife Core Power High Protein Chocolate – 20,452 ng of phthalates
  • Burger King Whopper With Cheese20,167 ng of phthalates
  • Burger King Chicken Nuggets19,782 ng of phthalates
  • Wendy’s Dave’s Single With Cheese – 19,520 ng of phthalates
  • SlimFast High Protein Meal Replacement Chocolate – 16,916 ng of phthalates
  • Chef Boyardee Beefaroni Pasta in Tomato and Meat Sauce – 13,628 ng of phthalates
  • Banquet Chicken Pot Pie – 12,494 ng of phthalates
  • Yoplait Original Low Fat Yogurt French Vanilla – 10,948 ng of phthalates
  • Cheerios Original Cereal – 10,980 ng of phthalates
  • Tuscan Dairy Farms Whole Milk -10,932 ng of phthalates
  • Perdue Ground Chicken Breast – 9,985 ng of phthalates
  • McDonald’s Quarter Pounder With Cheese9,956 ng of phthalates
  • Hormel Chili With Beans – 9,847 ng of phthalates
  • Wendy’s Natural-Cut French Fries8,876 ng of phthalates
  • Burger King Classic French Fries8,512 ng of phthalates
  • McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets8,030 ng of phthalates
  • King Oscar Wild Caught Sardines – 7,792 ng of phthalates
  • Green Giant Cream Style Sweet Corn – 7,603 ng of phthalates
  • Brisk Iced Tea Lemon7,467 ng of phthalates
  • Campbell’s Chunky Classic Chicken Noodle Soup – 6,768 ng of phthalates
  • Bush’s Chili Red Beans Mild Chili Sauce – 6,405 ng of phthalates
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Vanilla – 6,387 ng of phthalates
  • Great Value (Walmart) Baked Beans Original – 6,184 ng of phthalates
  • Coca-Cola Original6,167 ng of phthalates
  • Little Caesars Classic Cheese Pizza – 5,703 ng of phthalates
  • McDonald’s French Fries – 5,538 ng of phthalates
  • Trader Joe’s Ground Pork – 5,503 ng of phthalates
  • McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Hamburger Patty – 5,428 ng of phthalates
  • Del Monte Fresh Cut Italian Green Beans – 5,264 ng of phthalates
  • Chef Boyardee Big Bowl Beefaroni – 5,064 ng of phthalates
  • Premio Foods Sweet Italian Sausage – 4,725 ng of phthalates
  • Taco Bell Chicken Burrito – 4,720 ng of phthalates
  • Wholesome Pantry (ShopRite) Organic Whole Milk – 4,620 ng of phthalates
  • Lipton Diet Green Tea Citrus4,433 ng of phthalates
  • Snow’s Chopped Clams – 4,380 ng of phthalates
  • Domino’s Hand Tossed Cheese Pizza – 4,356 ng of phthalates
  • Success 10 Minute Boil-in-Bag White Rice – 4,308 ng of phthalates
  • Gerber Mealtime for Baby Harvest Turkey Dinner – 4,267 ng of phthalates
  • Poland Spring 100% Natural Spring Water4,217 ng of phthalates
  • Similac Advance Infant Milk-Based Powder Formula – 4,202 ng of phthalates
  • Libby’s Corned Beef – 4,088 ng of phthalates
  • Bush’s Baked Beans Original – 3,709 ng of phthalates
  • Wendy’s Dave’s Single Hamburger Patty – 3,629 ng of phthalates
  • Juicy Juice 100% Juice Apple Bottle3,348 ng of phthalates
  • Bar S Chicken Jumbo Franks – 3,295 ng of phthalates
  • Great Value (Walmart) Ice Cream Homestyle Vanilla – 3,068 ng of phthalates
  • Pepsi Cola – 2,938 ng of phthalates
  • Progresso Vegetable Classics Vegetable Soup – 2,888 ng of phthalates
  • Burger King Whopper Hamburger Patty – 2,870 ng of phthalates
  • Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup – 2,848 ng of phthalates
  • Beech-Nut Fruities Pouch Pear, Banana & Raspberries – 2,826 ng of phthalates
  • Stop & Shop Ground Beef – 2,729 ng of phthalates
  • Pizza Hut Original Cheese Pan Pizza – 2,718 ng of phthalates
  • Applegate Naturals Oven Roasted Turkey Breast – 2,295 ng of phthalates
  • Juicy Juice 100% Juice Apple (Box)2,260 ng of phthalates
  • Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Hearty White Bread – 2,184 ng of phthalates
  • Jell-O Pudding Snacks Original Chocolate – 1,756 ng of phthalates
  • Gatorade Frost Thirst Quencher Glacier Freeze1,752 ng of phthalates
  • StarKist Wild Caught Light Tuna in Water – 1,735 ng of phthalates
  • Red Baron Brick Oven Cheese-Trio Pizza – 1,707 ng of phthalates
  • StarKist Chunk Light Tuna in Water  – 1,687 ng of phthalates
  • Gerber Cereal for Baby Rice – 1,599 ng of phthalates
  • Sargento Sliced Natural Cheddar Cheese Sharp – 1,481 ng of phthalates
  • Swanson White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast – 1,376 ng of phthalates
  • Happy Baby Organics Clearly Crafted Banana & Strawberries – 1,300 ng of phthalates
  • Season Brand Sardines in Water Skinless & Boneless – 1,258 ng of phthalates
  • Mrs. Butterworth’s Syrup Original – 1,010 ng of phthalates
  • Happy Baby Organic Milk-Based Infant Powder Formula – 977 ng of phthalates
  • Johnsonville Smoked Sausage Beef Hot Links – 912 ng of phthalates
  • Birds Eye Steamfresh Cut Green Beans – 907 ng of phthalates
  • Gerber Organic Baby Pouch Apple Zucchini Spinach Strawberry – 706 ng of phthalates
  • Hunt’s Tomato Sauce – 680 ng of phthalates
  • Land O’Lakes Butter Salted – 581 ng of phthalates
  • Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup – 574 ng of phthalates
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce Original – 22 ng of phthalates
  • Polar Seltzer Raspberry Lime  – NONE (only product tested with none found!)


If you buy any of these products, what can you do?

Based on this report, it appears that almost every product in a package is contaminated by chemicals used in plastics. The most important thing we can do, is raise awareness about this and ask these companies to test for BPA and phthalates, and to find the source of them in their products so they can get them out! 

The FDA is not setting limits on most of these chemicals in food, so food brands need to take responsibility and do what is right.

“Supermarket and fast-food chains, as well as food manufacturers, should also be required to take action, and should set specific goals for reducing and eliminating bisphenols and phthalates from all food packaging and processing equipment throughout their supply chains.”James E. Rogers, PhD, product safety testing at Consumer Reports (1)

At home we can do our part too. 

Eat fresh unpackaged food as much as possible, stop using plastic food containers and bags, and eat at home whenever you can. I like to use stainless steel and glass containers in my kitchen.

Please share this post. This is how we will get the word out about this, so these companies will be inspired to take action! Let’s get this report into everyone’s hands!

Go, Food Babe Army! Thank you for spreading the word.



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11 responses to “Health-damaging plastic chemicals found in Gerber, Cheerios, Wendy’s fast food, and more (See the list!)

  1. Do you have,or is there a current list of all the people that have gone to prison for poisoning us through our foods,etc.

    1. It’s per “serving” – listed here:

      “Here are the products that had the highest levels of Phthalates in them:
      The most contaminated product they tested is an organic brand – Annie’s Organic Cheesy Ravioli – which had 53,579 ng of phthalates per serving!”

    1. Where’s the list to go along with this article….such as, eat this, not that.
      I eat tuna daily for the protein. Now what?

  2. Vani, we have the globalists on their heels right now over illegal immigration. #westandwithtexas Keep up the fight! We are getting poisoned through our food so bad! Will you go on infowars again soon?

    PS. Your state governor (NC) needs to join us too!

  3. I was curious about the ng measurement of unit too. I checked, – ng is a nanogram that equates to one billionth of a gram. It is often used to measure DNA.

  4. It’s why I never, ever choose any of these brands. I also personally choose not to shop at big box grocery stores. Mostly everything is made at home with the exception of a couple of things I’ll buy. I also have my own small organic garden of fruit and vegetables but on rare occasion I get Cerebelly for the baby and Yumi snack bars for my toddler. Occasionally I buy the Patagonia Provisions fish products.

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