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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.

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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.

2 Comments:

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

http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/chem/acrylamide_faqs/en/index.html

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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