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Gaceta Sanitaria

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Abstract

ZUBELDIA LAUZURICA, Lourdes  and  GOMAR FAYOS, Josefa. Acrylamide in potato crisps and snack foods produced in the autonomous Community of Valencia (Spain). Gac Sanit [online]. 2007, vol.21, n.4, pp. 334-337. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0213-91112007000400012.

Objectives: To evaluate acrylamide content in potato crisps and snack foods produced in the Valencian Community and to compare the results with those published by the main food safety organizations. Methods: Twenty-four samples of potato crisps and 15 samples of snack foods were analyzed. The results were compared with those from the Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority. Results: The mean (SD) acrylamide level in the Valencian Community was 916 (656) μg/kg in potato crisps and 262 (346) μg/kg in snack foods. Significant differences were found in the 3 populations compared. Acrylamide levels in potato crisps in the Valencian Community were the highest. Conclusions: There was wide variation in acrylamide content for the same type of product. Further investigation into methods of sampling and analysis and steps to reduce acrylamide levels are required.

Keywords : Acrylamide; Foods; Carcinogen; Food safety.

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