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October 22nd, 2018

How much do consumers really know about acrylamide?

It seems that almost all food manufacturers and regulators are concerned about reducing acrylamide. But what do the most important people in the global acrylamide debate - consumers - really think?

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Why is acrylamide such a hot topic right now? 

Acrylamide is a substance that gets formed when many foods containing reducing sugar (like potatoes, cookies and bread) are processed at high temperatures - for example when baking, frying, grilling, toasting and roasting.

The scientific consensus is that acrylamide consumption has the potential to cause cancer in humans. Children are more prone to its damaging effects than adults because of their comparatively low body weight.

In April 2018 the EU introduced benchmark levels for acrylamide in food products based on the ALARA principle (as low as reasonably achievable). Significantly, the door has been left open to increase these limits even further in future.