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Calif. attorney general wants warning label on french fries.

 
 
Reply Sat 27 Aug, 2005 11:14 am
Calif. attorney general wants warning label on fries.

Acrylamide in food.

Acrylamide first gained public attention in 2002 in Sweden during the construction of a tunnel in which a chemical containing acrylamide was used as a water sealant. Later, cattle drinking water downstream were discovered paralyzed by acrylamide, a known neurotoxin at high levels. Blood tests were done on the tunnel workers, and overly high levels of acrylamide were discovered. In a control study tests were performed on the general population in Sweden, and the elevated levels of acrylamide were so unexpected and alarming that it was decided to immediately go public with the findings.


It was found that starch-containing foods subjected to high heat, such as potato chips, french fries, bread, etc, developed acrylamide, and the same foods in the raw state had none of the chemicals. Acrylamide is water soluble and readily absorbed in the intestines but is also excreted in the urine, so levels aren't cumulative. In high levels acrylamide is a neurotoxin, and at lower levels have been found to cause mutations in DNA and tumors.

The FDA's response has been that more tests are required before a definitive statement can be made about the risks of acrylamide in food .
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 27 Aug, 2005 11:25 am
Since the discussion about this is going on quite some time, several references are to be found on the www.

A good collection is Acrylamide Information and News by the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST).
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Sat 27 Aug, 2005 11:49 am
Thanks, Walter. The reason I brought up this topic again with all the background information is because the California attorney general's action is the first official action taken in the U.S. concerning acrylamide. There has been virtually nothing in the media concerning this chemical for a long time, and I was beginning to think it was a dead issue.

There is at least one corporation filing suit against the att. general's action—claiming that the carcinogen claim is unproven—but there is bound to be widespread opposition from companies, politicians, and even the general public about revelations of another potentially dangerous chemical found in so many foods.

It's an old story in America when carcinogens are discovered; people get upset and wish to "kill the messenger."
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Roofingguy
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2005 12:33 pm
nahhhh!!!!

just put ketchup on them and youll be fine....
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2005 01:50 pm
Do they have to be labelled individually?
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2005 01:54 pm
Sometime, something, somewhere is going to kill you. I will not back away from the french fries.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Tue 30 Aug, 2005 08:18 am
Put down the cheeseburger and step away from the fries. Bella, it's time that we had a little chat with you....
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2005 11:10 am
coluber2001 wrote:

It's an old story in America when carcinogens are discovered; people get upset and wish to "kill the messenger."


Nobody said that foods containing acrylamide would be made illegal; that would be ridiculous, but I think it's the responsibility of the FDA to inform us of possible dangers.

Irregardless of the known dangers of smoking, millions of people continue to do so, and it's their right. I also think it's our right to be informed of potential causes of cancer.
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