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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Carcinogen Warning Sought for Fries, Chips - Los Angeles Times

SAN FRANCISCO — California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer sued nine snack- and fast-food giants Friday, saying the law requires them to tell the public that their potato chips and French fries contain a toxic chemical.

In a suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Lockyer sought a court order compelling the companies to place warnings on their cooked potato products because they contain higher levels of a suspected carcinogen, acrylamide, than other foods.

The defendants include Frito-Lay Inc., KFC Corp., McDonald's Corp., Wendy's International and Procter & Gamble Distributing Co.

"I am not telling people to stop eating potato chips and French fries," Locker said in a statement. "I know from personal experience that, while these snacks may not be a necessary part of a healthy diet, they sure taste good."

But he pointed out that Proposition 65, a ballot initiative passed by voters in 1986, requires businesses of all types to provide the public with "clear and reasonable" warnings before exposing them to potentially dangerous substances.


At August 30, 2005 7:40 PM, Blogger golombek said...


is a WHO faq on acrylamide. It seems the jury is still out as to whether we need to worry about it - probably not conclusive enough to start screaming that the sky is falling.

At August 30, 2005 10:51 PM, Blogger Candlemaker said...

Acrylamide sounds like something you would reupholster a chair with.
Which reminds me that a preposition is not something to end a sentence with.
And...according to my agreement with the internet giant which shall go unnamed, I am not supposed to comment on the ads appearing here but I think it's okay to say that this item has generated an ad from a compnay that makes one of the food products in question. So that's a bit odd.


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