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Society's ways of dealing with risks using the example of acrylamide in foodstuffs | © Dr. Sabine Bonneck

Society’s ways of dealing with risks

In 1994 Acrylamide was assessed as “probably carcinogenic” by IARC. When in 2002 the substance was found in foodstuffs, plenty ressources were spent to learn more about risk and mitigation measures. More than ten years later there are hardly any new findings related to the risk. It is possible to reduce the acrylamide contents in many products, but there is no evidence for a reduction. Risk governance took place hidden from the public gaze. Consumers were not involved and international guidelines on risk governance were waived. A risk council could have ensured a more systematic approach.