CIEH says informing consumers risks of acrylamide is valuable

Publication Date: 24th January 2017

Subject: Food safety

Following the launch of FSA’s ‘Go for Gold’ campaign, an initiative to help people understand how to minimise exposure to acrylamide when cooking at home, Tony Lewis, CIEH’s Head of Policy, said: 

“It makes absolute sense to inform consumers about cooking techniques and what impact it can have on their health. But the reaction to FSA’s initiative to raise awareness of the risks associated with acrylamide has been blown out of proportion.

“The issue of acrylamide on carbohydrate products, such as bread and potatoes, is nothing new and the food industry in particular, has got to grips with the matter for a long time now. The scale of risk is not as severe as being reported and consumers would be wise to follow the FSA’s simple and effective advice.”


Notes to editors 

For CIEH enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email

Link to FSA’s ‘Go for Gold’ acrylamide campaign: 

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