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Joint WHO/FAO Global expert Consultation on Acrylamide in Foods

In May 2002, the Swedish National Food Authority published the first-ever report that acrylamide, a known carcinogen in animals, is present in high levels in some starch-based foods cooked at high temperatures. Since then, the United Kingdom and Norwegian national food agencies have also published similar findings. The limited data available at this moment does not, however present us with a full picture, neither of the formation of acrylamide in food or of the consequences to human health Therefore, WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have called an expert consultation to examine the state of the evidence, what can be said with a degree of surety and what information is lacking, and to make recommendations both to consumers and to researchers in the area

27 experts – scientists, doctors and public health specialists – from around the world will be attending the Consultation.

The Consultation is closed to the public (including media). WHO communications staff will be on hand throughout the Consultation to answer queries. A press conference is planned for the afternoon of Thursday, 27 June, and a press release will also be issued.