Cancer Chemicals In Potato Chips Reduced Following Settlement

August 3, 2008

A settlement has been reached in California with major companies, which will result in them reuding the amount of the cancer causing carcinogen chemical in potato chips, and fried potatoes......Sacramento (ChattahBox) – A settlement has been reached in California with major companies, which will result in them reducing the amount of the cancer causing carcinogen chemical in potato chips, and fried potatoes.

Attorney General Jerry Brown filed lawsuits back in 2005 against Frito-Lay, Lance Inc., Kettle Foods, H.J. Heinz, Procter & Gamble, KFC, Burger King, Wendy’s, and McDondald’s.

The idea behind the lawsuit was to get these companies to cut down on the use of acrylamide in their foods, specifically potatoes.

A settlement has been reached, as the companies have agreed to reduce the levels of the carcinogen chemical in their fried potatoes, and is also recommended that they act by reducing levels of acrylamide as well.

An ageement was reached, forcing restaurants to post acrylamide warnings, or face civil penalties and costs.

As part of the settlement, Frito-Lay will pay $1.5 million in penalties and costs. These fines can be reduced depending on how they use the chemicals in the future.

Kettle Foods has agreed to reduce levels of acrylamide by at least 87%, and will pay $350,000 in penalties and costs

Procter & Gamble will cut down on the amount of the chemical in their potato chips by 50% as well.

This put the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act into effect, preventing excessive use of these cancer causing chemicals in products.


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