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Acrylamide levels in food: passing the hot potato

November 2016

This report reveals the extent to which acrylamide, a carcinogenic chemical, is present in many everyday foods such as bread, coffee, French fries, biscuits and baby foods. The analysis of information released by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found that 12 per cent of food samples taken from the European market between 2007 and 2014, including many food items targeted at babies and children, presented unacceptably high levels of acrylamide. The report concludes with recommendations for policy makers on a legal framework to ensure that business operators in the agricultural, manufacturing and hospitality sectors make real efforts to protect consumers from excessive acrylamide exposure.

 
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