It turns out food manufacturers will not be required to post acrylamide warnings on their products to meet Prop 65 requirements:
California has withdrawn proposed rules that would have required food manufacturers to place acrylamide warning labels on certain products.
The proposals, announced in April 2005, attracted “voluminous comments,” which could not all be reviewed within the one-year time frame allowed by law, and which resulted in the withdrawal.
However, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said it intends to submit new proposed regulations within the next 60 days.
Indeed, the issue has already resulted in significant tension between the industry and consumer groups.
The state’s voter-approved warning-label law, Proposition 65, requires that manufacturers alert customers about the existence of cancer-causing compounds in food.
But the inclusion of acrylamide, a carcinogen that is created when starchy foods are baked, roasted, fried or toasted, on labels is fiercely opposed by the food industry, despite claims that there is a legal obligation on food firms to inform customers of all possible dangers.
We’ll keep you updated if anything changes on the acrylamide front.
Source: Food Navigator USA.