Acrylamide in Food Still No Danger to Public Health

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Last summer, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer moved to "protect" Californians from the supposed threat of acrylamide found in foods. He has brought a suit to force producers of foods such as French fries to put warning labels on their products. May we respectfully suggest that the AG update himself on some scientific research? Not only has it been found that there is no association between acrylamide consumption and breast cancer -- except in high-dose rodent tests that are not applicable to humans -- but newer research has also failed to find any link between acrylamide and colon cancer in women.

Please, Mr. Lockyer: acrylamide in foods presents no risk to Californians or anyone else. Rescind your suit and spare your citizens baseless concerns.

Ruth Kava, Ph.D., R.D., is Director of Nutrition at the American Council on Science and Health (,