FDA Says Swedish Researchers May Be Right on Acrylamide

Dec 05, 2002

By George Anderson

The report seven months ago that Swedish researchers had discovered high levels of potentially cancer-causing acrylamide in baked and fried foods was met with skepticism in this and other news sources and discussion forums. That may change now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced t hat it has also found troubling levels of acrylamide in products such as french fries and potato chips.

The agency was quick to point out that it had not reached a definitive conclusion on the concerns raised by acrylamide in foods. According to a report in The Washington Post, the FDA said levels of the substance could vary on products produced on the same factory line.

The Swedish researchers have been criticized for claiming that acrylamide may be responsible for the death of several hundred Swedes annually.

Moderator’s Comment: Will the FDA announcement have
an impact on the sale of french fries, potato chips, snacks and other baked/fried
starchy foods?

If we owned stock in McDonald’s (we don’t), we would sell

Personally speaking, the thought of giving up Trader Joe’s
Kettle Chips is almost too much for us to bear. You can call us alarmists, but,
our kids will be eating even less of these foods until we hear something more
definitive from the FDA. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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