CA. wins potato chips vs acrylamide suit

Snack lovers, rejoice: Munching on potato chips just got a “little healthier”.

Under a settlement announced Friday by the state attorney general’s office, H.J. Heinz Co., Frito-Lay, Kettle Foods Inc., and Lance Inc. avoided trial by agreeing to pay a combined $3 million in fines and reduce the levels of acrylamide in their products over three years, officials said.

Acrylamide, forms naturally when starchy foods are baked or fried,… causes cancer in lab animals and nerve damage to workers who are exposed to high levels. The Food and Drug Administration is researching whether acrylamide in food poses a health risk.(You think it might? !!-editor)

“Everybody’s trying to figure out how to lower levels (of acrylamide) without significantly, adversely affecting taste,” said Michele Corish, an attorney for Lance, which produces Cape Cod chips

The attorney general’s office said the levels of acrylamide in most Cape Cod chips are already near the compliance level as defined by the settlement. However, Brown said Cape Cod Robust Russets contain 25 times the acceptable amount.

Corish said “Robust Russets” chips are no longer being sold.

The state also sued McDonald’s Corp.; Wendy’s International Inc.; Burger King Corp.; KFC, a subsidiary of Yum Brands Inc.; and Procter & Gamble Co. over acrylamide levels in 2005. Those lawsuits were settled after the companies agreed to either properly label their products or lower levels of the chemical.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080802/ap_on_bi_ge/potato_chip_lawsuit

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