A Nestlé baby biscuit product, Nestlé P’tit Biscuit, has tested above the EU maximum level of acrylamide for such products, according to three non-profit groups, Food Navigator.com has reported.
The product tests were carried out in hypermarkets in France by SumOfUs, an NGO global consumer watchdog, the Changing Markets Foundation, which describes its raison d’être as working on ‘solutions to sustainability challenges by leveraging the power of markets,’ and the WECF Network, ‘a network of over 150 member organisations and several hundred individual members who share a common concern to promote a just and healthy planet for all.’
The chemical containment acrylamide can be carcinogenic in certain amounts. It occurs naturally when starch-containing foods are roasted or fried.
The Nestlé product registered 226.1 micrograms per kilogramme of acrylamide in the product, while the European limit stands at 200.
The Swiss food company says it was ‘very surprised’ at the finding, and that it will ‘welcome a dialogue with SumOfUs to better understand the analytical testing methods they used and the resulting data they gathered.’
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