Health journalist says toast and potato cancer warnings are 'inconclusive'

'The Food Standards Agency are preempting evidence which may never come to light', says health commentator

The Food Standards Agency have issued a warning on over-cooked food

Monday, January 23, 2017

Today's cancer warnings surrounding burnt toast and roast potatoes have been played down by a leading health journalist on talkRADIO.

The Food Standards Agency has issued a warning over foods such as roast potatoes, chips and toast. The agency claims such foods must not be burnt, otherwise they produce too much of a chemical called acrylamide, which has been linked to cancer.

Christopher Snowdon, of the Spectator, told Julia Hartley-Brewer the evidence is "inconclusive" as it is based almost entirely on "lab experiments with mice or rats." This should have been a "starting point for further research."

Snowdon said the Food Standards Agency are "preempting evidence, evidence that may well never turn up," and it's not their job.

Even if this risk is proved to be genuinely serious, Snowdon said that "if most people looked at their absolute risk," they'd mostly consider eating these foods "a risk worth taking."

Listen to the full interview above

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