The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced on July 1st that acrylamide, which occurs in food when cooked at high temperature, poses a bigger cancer risk than previously thought. Although all age groups are concerned, children are more exposed because of their lower body weight. Acrylamide can be found in French fries, coffee, crackers and baby food among others.
Opinions can be submitted interested parties until September 15 th and the final opinion will be adopted next year, in June 2015.
European and national authorities already advise food manufacturers to reduce the amount of acrylamide in foods as much as possible.