Captain Corruption\'s Commentary

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Children of Acrylamide

Well California Attorney General apparently has waaay too much time on his hands. Mr. Lockyer is suing fast food restaurant chains and potato chip manufacturers for failing to place warning labels regarding the potentially carcinogenic chemical known as acrylamide.

What the bleep is , you ask? It sounds dangerous, doesn't it.

Acrylamide is a compound found NATURALLY in asparagus, prune juice, olives, and coffee. It is also a bi-product produced when cooking starchy foods in high heat... In other words, its in french fries and potato chips as well.

But, golly Captain, it sounds dangerous.

Well, according to the FDA "acrylamide can cause cancer in laboratory animals at high doses, although it is not clear whether it causes cancer in humans at the much lower levels found in food." Ah yes, the infamous can cause cancer in lab animals at high doses fear.

Ok then, what sort of doses are we talking about in these evil fast foods?

According to an FDA study acrylamide doses vary from food to food and sometimes from store to store. Now get ready for some dangerous sounding numbers here... Burger King Fries had anywhere from 197 to 369 parts per BILLION... With a B. Wow. Scary huh? By comparison naturally ripe olives had 1363 parts per billion.

Well, just because the coalition of food producers says "Acrylamide has been present in the food supply and safely consumed since human beings discovered that cooked food tastes good and is often safer than the raw form" is no good reason to avoid a knockdown dragout lawsuit, is it?

Is it any wonder California is broke? Their wastes tax dollars pursuing a compound found naturally in asparagus, olives and coffee while creating an altogether unfriendly atmosphere for business. is the ultimate , and folks, it won't be long before the nanny's, desperate to protect us from all threats real or perceived, start going after sugar, coffee, and the five second rule.

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