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June 2002 Issue
Do Potato Chips Cause Cancer? Dont Panic Yet, Say Experts
When Swedish scientists announced in late April that acrylamide, a compound found in plastics, is also formed when starchy foods are cooked at high temperatures, a shock wave hit consumers and researchers alike. Why the ensuing panic? The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled acrylamide a "probable human carcinogen," because itís been shown to cause cancer, as well as genetic, neurological and reproductive damage in animals. In fact, the researchers released the results
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