Tuesday, August 5, 2008
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.