Member States representatives have voted in favour of the EC's proposal to reduce the presence of acrylamide in food
Once implemented, the new regulation will require that food business operators (FBOs) apply mandatory measures to reduce the presence of acrylamide, proportionate to the size and nature of their establishment.
Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, welcomed the vote: ''Today we took an important step in protecting the health and well-being of citizens. The new regulation will not only help to reduce the presence of this carcinogenic substance, but will also help to raise awareness regarding how to avoid the exposure to it that oftentimes comes from home cooking.''
The text will now be sent to the Council and the European Parliament.
The two institutions will have 3 months to examine it before final adoption by the Commission.
The Commission is also planning to initiate discussions on additional measures, such as setting maximum levels of acrylamide in certain foods without delay once this Regulation is adopted.