Protect Consumers from Dangerous Chemical


Target: US Food and Drug Administration

Goal: Reduce human exposure to the dangerous chemical acrylamide, which is found in many foods.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued yet another warning about a potentially dangerous chemical in many food products. The chemical is acrylamide, and it is found in foods such as potatoes, crackers, cereals, breads and several other starch products, as well as coffee, dried fruit and a large number of other foods.

This chemical is strongly linked to cancer in animals, which is an indicator that it is very dangerous for humans as well. However, it is hard to eliminate from the human diet because 40% of the calories that humans intake contain acrylamide, a shocking and frightening fact.

The most difficult part is that much of the acrylamide we consume is created during the process of cooking food, so it is not something that can be naturally or easily removed. Avoiding over-cooking is one effective way of reducing acrylamide, but that may not always work.

The FDA has released a list of suggestions to reduce the intake of acrylamide, which is helpful, but more strongly regulated actions need to be pursued. The FDA needs to explore alternative methods of reducing our intake of acrylamide, as it is a cancer threat to all humans who are exposed to it.

Please sign the petition below to insist the FDA take further action in reducing the amounts of the chemical acrylamide in foods.


Dear Food and Drug Administration,

Thank you for your recent revelation regarding the dangers of the chemical acrylamide, and for your suggestions for limiting human consumption of it. It is frightening that there are so many dangerous chemicals being consumed by humans, and your efforts to inform the public certainly help.

However, more steps need to be taken to reduce the human intake of the chemical. In cases like these,  you cannot rely on the consumer to protect his or herself from harmful chemicals. Although most acrylamide is created during the cooking process, there needs to be some sort of regulation on the chemical, and it is your job to solve this problem.

Thank you for your efforts to keep the public safe from the chemical acrylamide, and please continue these efforts for the sake of consumers’ health.


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