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Tuesday, 01 October 2002

Acrylamide

"Scientists have discovered how the potentially cancer-causing chemical acrylamide is formed in baked foods such as crisps and breakfast cereals. The discovery could lead to ways of reducing levels of the chemical in food, they say.

"High levels of acrylamide in some baked foods were first identified by a Swedish team in April, leading to widespread concern. Based on the results of animal studies, the chemical is classified as a probable carcinogen by the WHO. But its health effects on people are not known." [more, New Scientist]

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