EU Commission Pressured By Powerful Lobbyists On Dangerous Food Contaminant
– The European Commission is about to propose a regulation on
acrylamide, a dangerous contaminant formed in many foods (in particular
french fries, soft bread and breakfast cereals) when cooked at high
temperatures. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) even explicitly stated that acrylamide increases the risk of cancer in humans.
Developing a regulation to limit human exposure to acrylamide is not
easy because this substance is present in many foods and, even if there
are simple ways to limit
acrylamide intake (avoid overcooked french fries, crisps and toasted
bread), it probably cannot be eliminated completely from cooked starchy
foods. But the regulation proposed by the Commission only consists in
obliging the food industry to respect the vague codes of best practice
developed by its lobby groups!
Yet another example of self-regulation used by industry’s lobby groups as a tactic to deter actual regulation.