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Medical News and Perspectives
July 28, 2004

Acrylamide-Food Link Questions Linger

JAMA. 2004;292(4):425. doi:10.1001/jama.292.4.425

A new government report finds that human exposure to acrylamide does not lead to adverse reproductive and developmental effects in the general population.

While the report is a bit of good news for those who enjoy foods such as French fries and potato chips that contain high levels of acrylamide, larger health safety issues—the chemical's carcinogenicity and neurotoxicity—remain unresolved.

Acrylamide has been produced since the 1950s and is used in a variety of chemical applications, including the production of plastics and dyes. It has been classified as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

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