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Reuters reports that a number of snack food manufacturers, including Frito Lay and Procter & Gamble, are looking for ways to reduce the levels of acrylamides in their products, while still examining how the chemical is formed.

Last year, there were numerous reports that high levels of acrylamides are found in foods baked or fried at high temperatures; bread, French fries and chips were identified as prime culprits. While acrylamides have been identified as causing cancer in rodents, they have not been firmly established as being carcinogenic for humans. In addition, there have been numerous conflicting studies about the impact of acrylamides.

Still, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created an advisory panel on the subject, while stressing that not enough is known about the subject to suggest that people need to dramatically alter their diets.
KC's View:
Except, of course, that it probably makes sense to eat fewer chips and fries and eat more fruits and vegetables anyway.