Bread Bits.

Matt Crawford crawdad@fnal.gov
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???


EPA: [http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwh/c-voc/acrylami.html]
    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.