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What is Acrylamide and what does the new EU Acrylamide legislation mean to your kitchen practices?

What is Acrylamide?

Acrylamide is a chemical substance formed by a reaction between amino acids and sugars, typically in foods with high starch content, when cooked at high temperatures such as in frying, roasting, toasting and baking.  Acrylamide is now considered to be a probable genotoxic carcinogen in humans and is produced when overcooking/browning/burning starchy foods such as potatoes and bread products.  There is also potential acrylamide in over-roasted coffee beans.

What does this mean to me?

The legislation requires Caterers to update their Food Safety System to document their procedures on how to mitigate the production of acrylamide.

Brief your team so they know what Acrylamide is and ensure your kitchen procedures are to cook starchy foods until they are golden brown only.

Alert

Starchy foods should not be overcooked and should only be cooked to a golden yellow colour.

Weekly Food Fact

The power of Fresh Herbs.  Did you know that adding fresh Rosemary to a batch of bread dough that is then cooked at 225°C can reduce the acrylamide content by up to 60 per cent!

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