About: acrylamide

Agrifood 20-07-2017

EU adopts first restrictions on cancer-causing acrylamide in food

Representatives of the EU’s 28 member states voted yesterday (19 July) in favour of a European Commission proposal to reduce the presence in food of acrylamide, a known carcinogenic substance present in fries, crisps, bread, biscuits, or coffee.

Languages & Culture 20-07-2017

Save our fries! Belgians say EU spares national dish

Belgium's national dish, the deep fried potato sticks that much of the English-speaking world gallingly calls "French fries", has been saved.

Agrifood 07-03-2017

Carcinogens found in British baby food and Belgian fries

Two new surveys have found high levels of acrylamide, a known carcinogen, in UK-made baby biscuits and Belgium's favourite fast food.

Agrifood 22-12-2016

High levels of acrylamide found in German gingerbread

Campaigners today (22 December) published a survey identifying high levels of the cancer-causing substance acrylamide in a range of gingerbread varieties on the German market.

Health 22-11-2016

NGOs: Commission’s acrylamide regulation has ‘wrong’ legal basis

Food and consumer organisations claim that the European Commission’s draft regulation on acrylamide is based on a wrong regulation and this has a direct effect on the lack of maximum levels, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Commission pushes vote on acrylamide safety into 2017

A vote on the European Commission’s draft regulation on acrylamide, a contaminant formed in foods when cooked at high temperatures, will take place next year, an EU spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.

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The carcinogenic substance in the food we eat
Health 20-10-2016

The carcinogenic substance in the food we eat

Big corporations want to leave a dangerous substance, acrylamide, in everyday foods such as bread, breakfast cereals, coffee, crisps and even baby food.

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Agrifood 05-06-2015

EU food safety watchdog issues cancer warning on acrylamide

Experts from the European Food Safey Authority (EFSA) have confirmed previous conclusions that acrylamide, a chemical substance formed when heating foods like potato chips, barbecued meat, and bread, potentially increases the risk of developing cancer.

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Health 02-07-2014

EU food agency says acrylamide is a health concern

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says acrylamide in food potentially increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers in all age groups. The authority has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion about the substance.

Health 25-04-2002

Commission to investigate Swedish food study

A team of researchers headed by Margareta Törnqvist from the University of Stockholm have discovered that acrylamide, a carcinogen substance, is formed by heating starch-rich foods to high temperatures. Especially fried, oven-baked and deep-fried potato and cereal products may contain high levels of acrylamide. No acrylamide was found in boiled foodstuffs.