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10 facts on food safety

A cook in a restaurant kitchen fries food at a very high temperature.
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Chemical hazards can contaminate food

Acrylamide, which may cause cancer, is formed from natural ingredients during the cooking of some foods at high temperatures (generally above 120 °C), including fried potato products, baked cereal products and coffee. The food industry is working to find methods to lower exposure to such chemicals. Avoid overcooking when frying, grilling or baking food.

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