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Leatherhead develop new acrylamide testing method. (Informalia).

Leatherhead has developed a sensitive and reliable GC-MS method for analysing acrylamide, a toxic compound recently discovered in a range of cooked and processed foods in Sweden.

In-house validation has been carried out to show that the method performs well, and Leatherhead will be taking part in external validation.

It appeared that, while acrylamide is a precursor of polyacrylamide, which is widely used in packaging and water treatment, it was not derived from that source and was being formed during the cooking process. Often being found in baked, fried or grilled foods, acrylamide is a suspected carcinogen and the UK Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment states that exposure to genotoxic carcinogens should be as low as reasonably possible.

Leatherhead is now able to carry out both research and surveillance on behalf of interested parties and is happy to discuss possible projects.

Contact: Leatherhead Food RA on tel: 01372 376761
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Date:Sep 1, 2002
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