Recently, headlines in Germany and Austria might have made you shiver with fear: “The. EU. Wants. To. Ban. Crispy. Chips”. The chips ban is another ‘Euromyth’. The EU has never had the intention of banning any food or culinary tradition – just like it never banned curved bananas and cucumbers. What the EU is trying to do is to protect our health from a cancer-causing chemical called ‘acrylamide’. Acrylamide forms naturally when starchy food (such as potatoes, cereals) is baked, fried or roasted at hot temperature with low moisture. Lab tests have shown acrylamide in the diet causes cancer in animals. As acrylamide levels were not going down, the European Commission finally took the bull by the horns in the summer of 2016 and put forward a law proposal to oblige food manufacturers to act.