California Sues Chip Makers

In a bit of a surprise, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has decided to pursue a petition filed by the Environmental Law Foundation last month against the makers of French fries and potato chips.

Lockyer's office filed a lawsuit in a Los Angeles Court late last week to force nine fast-food and snack companies to include warnings that their cooked potato products contain higher levels of acrylamide, a white, odorless and potentially cancer-causing chemical.

It's about time, considering the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has estimated consumers of French fries are exposed to as much as 125 times the amount of acrylamide that requires a warning under Proposition 65 regulations.

The laundry list of defendants are, no doubt, familiar to you:

  • McDonald's
  • Frito-Lay
  • Wendy's
  • Proctor & Gamble

Just another reason to remind you, if you want to avoid toxic byproducts, I urge you to read my piece about the five worst foods you can eat.

Los Angeles Times August 27, 2005 Registration Required

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