Acrylamide in food a "major concern"
The UN is to establish a network to evaluate health risks from acrylamide in food, it was announced yesterday following an expert consultation held in Geneva. The Food and agriculture organisation (FAO) and World health organisation (WHO) held the session following reports of acrylamide levels in certain starch-based foods well above the WHO guidance level for drinking water (EED 24/04/02). The consultation agreed that the issue was a "major concern", the two UN agencies said in a statement, but that there were still insufficient data to quantify health risks. See press release.