30 Sep '12, 9am

Frozen french fries supplied to fast-food outlets worldwide could cause cancer, researchers warn

LONDON - Frozen chips could be a cause of cancer - in particular, the kind of partly-cooked fries supplied to some restaurants, pubs and fast food outlets, which are most likely to contain higher levels of carcinogenic chemicals, researchers warn. These oven chips arrive sliced, dried and par-fried, a process of partly cooking them so they are crisp on the outside but remain raw on the inside. This means they do not need as long to cook into the final, tasty version that can then get served up to customers. But it is this factory process that can influence the amount of acrylamide, a "probable human carcinogen" that remains in the chips by the time they are dished up, said the US study, as reported in The Daily Telegraph. Experts from the American Chemical Association called for manufacturers to use more efficient ways to cook potatoes from raw that limits the amount of ac...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC120930-0000031/Frozen...

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