California Acrylamide Lawsuit "Contrary to Public Interest"

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A September 2, 2005 article by Anthony Fletcher describes ACSH's criticism of California's new attack on acrylamide:

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) has attacked California Attorney General Bill Lockyer's lawsuit against a number of high-profile food firms as "unfortunate and contrary to the interest of public health."

The lawsuit, which claims that some firms including McDonald's, Burger King, and KFC violate California's Proposition 65 because they do not warn consumers that some of their food items contain acrylamide, is the culmination of a long-running standoff between health campaigners and food protestors.

The chemical was placed on the California list of potential carcinogens in 1990 after it was confirmed that it was created when starchy foods are baked, roasted, fried or toasted.

But ACSH insists that "acrylamide has not been demonstrated to be a human carcinogen"...

Lockyer has made efforts not to appease the food industry. He claims that he intends to work with the defendants in the case to find a way to effectively give consumers information about the acrylamide in their products, while at the same time preventing undue public alarm and unnecessary warning signs concerning foods that contain insignificant amounts of the chemical.