Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In 2002, the Swedish National
Food Administration (NFA) announced the discovery of acrylamide in commonly
consumed baked and fried foods.1 The World
Health Organization has classified acrylamide as a “probable human carcinogen,”
and under California’s Proposition 65, officials are considering imposing
warning labels on food items containing acrylamide, including breads, cereals,
potato products, and coffee because “these products contain chemicals
known by the State of California to cause cancer.”2
Mucci LA, Sandin S, Bälter K, Adami H, Magnusson C, Weiderpass E. Acrylamide Intake and Breast Cancer Risk in Swedish Women. JAMA. 2005;293(11):1322–1327. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1326
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