Unless the baking process (or the ingredients) are altered to prevent it, the food chemical acrylamide can occur naturally in some foods during the baking process. The problem with acrylamide, is that it has been shown in animal studies to contain carcinogenic properties. This means humans who consume a lot of foods containing high levels of acrylamide may be at risk. Children in particular may have an increased risk of adverse consequences if exposed to high levels of acrylamide. In 2013 the FDA decided the risk warranted warning consumers to limit their intake of foods containing acrylamide. And herein lies the reasoning behind the recent lawsuit filed against Walgreens and other retailers who sell Disney snacks that have recently been found to contain high levels of acrylamide…
- The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) plans to file a lawsuit in California’s Superior Court after finding high levels of acrylamide in a Walgreens store brand animal crackers, according to Food Ingredients 1st. The boxes featured Disney “Jungle Book” characters.
- The CEH has sent California state officials, Walgreens and other companies notices of intent to take legal action over not warning consumers about the high levels of acrylamide in the products.
The CEH has pledged to take legal action against Kellogg’s and other companies that produce cookies that were found to contain high levels of acrylamide. Under state law, legal action can be filed any time 60 days after notification has been given, CEH Media Director Charles Margulis told Food Dive by email.