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OEHHA Proposes Regulation to Limit Exposures from Cooked or Heat Processed Foods

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), which regulates California Proposition 65 (Prop 65), is proposing a revision to existing regulations.  The amendment would codify what constitutes a Prop 65 exposure that would compel a warning for listed chemicals formed in food by cooking or heat processing.

This proposed revision is relevant to all cooked and heat-processed foods and flavors, including process flavors. The proposed amendment will allow consumers to identify foods with significant, avoidable levels of listed chemicals created during cooking or heat processing, while decreasing warnings on many foods with lower, unavoidable levels of these chemicals.

Perhaps the most well known of these compounds is acrylamide. The OEHHA proposal seeks in part to establish maximum concentration levels for listed chemicals produced during heating or cooking of foods that are deemed to be the lowest levels feasible.  Proposition 65 ensures that individuals in California receive a warning about avoidable or intentional exposures.  Comments are being sought now and are due by October 6th for consideration. Questions? Contact us.

Posted on 11 August 2020