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Survey of Acrylamide & Furan in UK Retail Products 2010/11
Project Code: FS241002
Premier analytical services
This survey sampled 248 UK retail products that included French fries, crisps, bread, cereals, biscuits, coffee, baby food and a wide range of other products e.g. popcorn, cakes, pastries and chocolate. The number of analyses carried out was 248 for acrylamide and 92 for furan.
This is the fourth year of a rolling programme and the levels of acrylamide and furan obtained over the period November 2010-April 2011 do not increase concern about risk to human health and the Agency has therefore not changed its advice to consumers.
This survey gives a snapshot of the range of levels of acrylamide and furan that may be expected in retail products on sale in the UK during the 2010-2011 sampling period and therefore an indication of the levels that consumers may typically be exposed to in certain foods. However, the survey does not cover food prepared in the home, which has the potential to be a major contributor to overall exposure. As such, these results do not tell us about all the acrylamide or furan that consumers may be exposed to from home-cooking.
This project relates to C04059: Survey of acrylamide, furan, 3 monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) and ethyl carbamate in UK retail products: Summary report (January 2009 – December 2009), already published on Foodbase.
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