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CFIA tests over 850 samples

March 21, 2014 – Ottawa, ON - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a study released today did not find acrylamide in any samples of high carbohydrate foods at levels that would be considered unsafe for consumption.

The CFIA tested a total of 897 high carbohydrate food samples such as dried fruits and vegetables, crackers, condiments, soup powder, taco seasonings, molasses, syrups, and nut butters. The samples were collected from Canadian retail stores.

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  • The CFIA tested 897 samples of fruit- and/or vegetable-based foods such as dried fruits and vegetables; grain-based foods such as breakfast and infant cereals; and, assorted foods such as condiments, molasses, and nut butters.
  • Acrylamide is an industrial chemical produced for a variety of uses such as water treatment, and the production of glue, paper and cosmetics. It may also be formed naturally, but unintentionally, in high carbohydrate foods which are cooked or processed at high temperatures (e.g., fried, baked, toasted, grilled and roasted).

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