Wed, 24 Apr 2002 13:22:15 -0500
Findings unveiled at a news conference called by the food administration
showed that an ordinary bag of potato chips may contain up to 500 times more
of the substance than the top level allowed in drinking water by the World
Health Organization (news - web sites).
level allowed in HOW MUCH drinking water???
What is Acrylamide and how is it used?
Acrylamide is an organic solid of white, odorless, flake-like
crystals. The greatest use of acrylamide is as a coagulant aid in
drinking water treatment.
In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act. This law
requires EPA to determine safe levels of chemicals in drinking
water which do or may cause health problems. These
non-enforceable levels, based solely on possible health risks and
exposure, are called Maximum Contaminant Level Goals.
The MCLG for acrylamide has been set at zero because EPA believes
this level of protection would not cause any of the potential
health problems described below.
OK, I'll risk 500 times zero.
Short-term: EPA has found acrylamide to potentially cause the
following health effects when people are exposed to it at levels
above the MCL for relatively short periods of time: damage to the
nervous system, weakness and incoordination in the legs.
That explains why WAYNE DOES NOT DANCE.