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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Less Cancer Causing Chemicals in Your Tater Tots

Four food manufacturers - Heinz, Frito Lay, Lance and Kettle Foods - have settled a suit by California's attorney general alleging that they violated the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act by failing to post warnings of the cancer-causing chemical "acrylamide" in their products. According to the news release, "[a]crylamide is a by-product of frying, roasting and baking foods--particularly potatoes--that contain certain amino acids."   Under the settlement, the companies will reduce acrylamide levels in their potato products, namely chips, frozen fries, and the delightful tater-tots.  Oh, and the companies will pay California around $2.5 million. 


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