The State Attroney General of California Jerry Borwn said Heinz, Frito-Lay, Kettle Foods and Lance had agreed to sharply lower acrylamide levels in the potato chips and french fries as part of a settlement announced last Friday.
Acrylamide is a byproduct of frying, roasting and baking foods, particularly potatoes, that contain certain amino acids. It is also one of the Prop 65 chemicals in California. The Prop 65 list identifies chemicals that can casue cancer or reproductive toxicity. Under state law, all products sold in California that contain any Prop 65 chemicals must bear a warning label.
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