Prop 65 Acrylamide Call to Action

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Oct. 15, 2004

An industry coalition representing those who produce, process, prepare, serve and sell foods consumed by virtually all Californians asked Governor Schwarzenegger in June to prevent action by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on the issue of acrylamide in food that is out of step with the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The coalition is urging CEO or corporate executives in affected companies to call the Schwarzenegger Administration and request that they:

* Create an acrylamide task force consisting of representatives of the four state agencies with responsibility and interest in this area (California Department of Food and Agriculture; Health and Human Services Agency; Business, Transportation and Housing Agency; and California Environmental Protection Agency) to address short and long-term issues, including status of research, public health and dietary implications, economic impact to California food producers, manufacturers, retailers, and solutions;
* Announce the creation of the task force to review policy issues of acrylamide under Proposition 65;
* Invite FDA to provide a briefing for members of the Schwarzenegger Administration, including representatives of the above-mentioned agencies and departments;
* Follow the lead of FDA and coordinate activities with regard to research and consumer information; and
* Develop a rational, long-term approach to dealing with chemicals naturally found in food under Proposition 65

Please contact:

* Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura at (916) 654-0433;
* Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Kim Belshe at (916) 654-3345;
* Business, Transportation and Housing Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak at (916) 323-5401 and
* California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Terry Tamminen at (916) 445-3846.

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