From April 2018 Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2158 will take effect. This will establish best practice, mitigation measures and benchmark levels for the reduction of the presence of acrylamide in food.
Food Business Operators will be expected to
• Be aware of acrylamide as a food safety hazard and have a general understanding of how acrylamide is formed in the food they produce;
• Take the necessary steps to mitigate acrylamide formation in the food they produce; adopting the relevant measures as part of their food safety management procedures
• Undertake representative sampling and analysis where appropriate, to monitor the levels of acrylamide in their products as part of their assessment of the mitigation measures
• Keep appropriate records of the mitigation measures undertaken, together with sampling plans and results of any testing
The measures are proportionate to the nature and size of the business, to ensure that small and micro-businesses are not burdened. The new legislation applies to all FBOs that produce or place on the market the foods listed below:
• French fries, other cut (deep fried) products and sliced potato crisps from fresh potatoes
• Potato crisps, snacks, crackers and other potato products from potato dough
• Breakfast cereals (excluding porridge)
• Fine bakery wares: cookies, biscuits, rusks, cereal bars, scones, cornets, wafers, crumpets and gingerbread, as well as crackers, crisp breads and bread substitutes
• Coffee: (i) roast coffee; (ii) instant (soluble) coffee
• Coffee substitutes
• Baby food and processed cereal-based food intended for infants and young children
Different requirements apply to local and independent FBOs selling food directly to the consumer or directly into local retail. For example, independent cafes, fish and chip shops and restaurants.
For larger centrally controlled and supplied chains with standardised menus and operating procedures the legislation reflects that the controls of acrylamide can be managed from the centre. This would apply to for example, large restaurants, hotels and café chains.