Acrylamide - a chemical used to make polyacrylamide products such as glues, paper and cosmetics is already proven to cause cancer in animals, although whether the same applies to humans is not yet known for definite.
Acrylamide is to be found, when starchy foods are fried, roasted or baked at high temperatures.
Along with the 32 products in Germany initially found to contain Acrylamide, a further 73 products have been determined to also contain the substance.
Following the initial Swedish findings in April, tests in Britain, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA and Canada confirmed that foods high in starch and fried, roasted or baked at high temperatures contained the plastic substance.
Some of the classic culprits are French fries, potato chips and crackers. But new results show that popcorn, pretzel sticks, even roasted onions, cornflakes, crisp bread, coffee powder and German Christmas baked specialities, "Spekulatius" [traditional spicy Christmas cookie] and "Lebkucken" [gingerbread] also contain Acrylamide.
"The motto is: don't burn it", German consumer minister, Renate Künast said on German television.
Are you changing your habits as well? (Which doesn't implicate that Germans generally and I especially usually burn our/my cooking/baking
! Only sometimes :wink: )