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Sacramento’s Channel 10 News reported over the weekend that some California attorneys have charged that potato chip manufacturers are in violation of the state’s Proposition 65 that requires companies to disclose ingredients in their products that may create a public health risk.

The ingredient at issue is acrylamide, formed when starchy foods are cooked at high heats. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that acrylamide is a carcinogen, and the state of California lists it as a chemical known to cause cancer.

The attorneys filing the complaint want potato chip manufacturers to be required to include a warning on their packaging. However, according to Channel 10, “Processed food manufacturers have reportedly asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for a exemption to Proposition 65 labeling for foods with carcinogens caused by heat processing. The governor's office is expected to announce its decision by August.”
KC's View:
The acrylamide issue isn’t going away any time soon, best we can tell. The industry is going to have to deal with it, and the fact that there seems to be growing evidence that this carcinogen is in many of the foods we eat.