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California Proposition 65: Exposures to Acrylamide in Cooked or Heat Processed Foods

Jan. 18 2023

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) approved amendments to Title 27, California Code of Regulations regarding acrylamide in food formed by cooking or heat processing.

Acrylamide is formed in food by cooking or heat processing.

Definitions in the Law
• “Unit concentration” - the concentration of acrylamide measured in a single food item or individual packaged unit, such as a bag, box, or carton, of the specific food product in the form the product is sold to consumers in California. The unit concentration is based on a representative composite sample taken from the individual packaged unit.
• “Representative composite sample” - is made up of portions of the food in the same proportion as in the whole individual packaged unit, e.g., equivalent proportions of crust and crumb (the inner portion) in the sample as in the whole loaf of bread.
• “Average concentration” - the average of unit concentrations measured. The average concentration is determined by adding together the unit concentrations of at least five samples taken over a period of no less than 60 days with no less than 10-day intervals between sampling and then dividing this total by the total number of samples. 

The concentration levels for acrylamide in foods are considered to comply if both the average concentration and unit concentration are less than or equal to those listed in the chart.   

Download Bulletin PDF to view table with Food Groups with maximum average and maximum unit concentration (ppb). 

Effective Date
The regulation will be effective on April 1, 2023.

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By monitoring Proposition 65 actions and settlements, Bureau Veritas help retailers and manufacturers take a proactive and comprehensive approach to compliance. We assist our clients in determining if listed Prop 65 chemicals are present in their products; identifying exposure routes and assessing the risk levels in items. We then help our clients to build in the appropriate requirements into their testing and quality assurance program an ongoing basis.  

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