The new Commission Regulation establishing mitigation measures and benchmark levels for the reduction of the presence of acrylamide in food has been published on 21 November 2017. This is the first time that restrictions are imposed at EU level on the presence of this contaminant in food, recognised by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), as potentially increasing the risk of cancer for consumers.

Once the new rules become applicable, food business operators will be required to adopt mitigation measures to reduce the presence of acrylamide in food. Those measures will be proportionate to the size and nature of the operators’ activities, and their effectiveness will be assessed with benchmarks. Maximum binding levels of acrylamide will be, however, considered at a later stage.

The new regulation will apply from 11 April 2018.