California wants Warning Labels on French Fries | Junk Food Blog

27 August, 2005

California wants Warning Labels on French Fries

french friesCalifornia State Attorney General, Bill Lockyer (D), asked for a court order requiring McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Frito Lay and other companies to warn consumers that their fries and chips may contain acrylamide, a chemical he feels causes cancer.

In a prepared statement, he said that he doesn't intend to stop people from eating fast food, he just wants to make sure we know it's not good for us...
"In taking this action, I am not telling people to stop eating potato chips or french fries. "I know from personal experience that, while these snacks may not be a necessary part of a healthy diet, they sure taste good."
Acrylamide is a chemical that naturally occurs in potatoes when deep fried in oil. Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Frito-Lay, Lynn Markley, said there is no scientific evidence that acrylamide causes cancer.

In 2002, the Cato Institute, published an article by Steven Milloy that pretty much debunked the myths of acrylamide. He noted that the scientists warning the public over acrylamide used test results from laboratory rats. The rats were given an extreme amount of dosage, and indeed, they ended up with cancer.

However, Milloy rightly pointed out that because humans are much larger than rats, a person would have to eat 182 pounds of french fries each day, to get the same results as the laboratory rats.

You're more likely to die of eating bacon & eggs for breakfast every morning, before you'd die from eating french fries.


Anonymous said...

Has anyone every noticed that California is the first to put a warning label specifically calling attention to themselves on anything and everything. I have about 6 things (glue, erasers, and other house hold products) that point out that you may get cancer from using the product and then labeling themselves as having pointed this out. Do they really need to call any more attention to themselves. 70% of the people living and working in California are already pumped full of chemicals (botox, etc) So who gives a crap if they ingest a little bit more. Or maybe the fries have and adverse reaction to the walking skin bags we call hollywood stars.

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