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Parliamentary questions
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20 October 2016
Question for written answer E-007904-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nicola Caputo (S&D)

 Subject:  Acrylamide
 Answer in writing 

Acrylamide, whose harmful effects on the central nervous and reproductive systems are now well-known, is the product of a reaction which occurs between asparagine and monosaccharide when food is cooked at high temperatures. Among the food sources most likely to contain the substance are chips, coffee and starchy foods.

Potatoes can contain particularly alarming levels of acrylamide and are often consumed by children, who suffer the adverse effects of the substance more acutely since they weigh less than adults.

The European Food Safety Authority has confirmed that the substance poses a carcinogenic risk to humans. The International Agency for Research on Cancer takes a similar view.

Research recently published by the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Prevention of Fraud in France shows that the amount of acrylamide present in food produced through the formation of new compounds exceeds EU reference values by 4.2%.

In view of the above, can the Commission answer the following questions:
1. Will it take appropriate measures to evaluate the effects of acrylamide on human health?
2. Will it launch communication campaigns to inform consumers about the risks posed by the substance?
Original language of question: IT 
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