Fresh fears have been raised over the safety of cooked foods as a wide-ranging study found for the first time that a common chemical caused by frying, roasting or grilling can double the risk of cancer in women.
Five years ago, scientists sparked a worldwide alert when they disclosed that many household foods contain the substance acrylamide, which was thought to be a probable cause of the disease.
[Picture caption: The EU has now advised people to avoid burnt toast or golden brown chips.]
Now a study involving 120,000 people - half of whom were women - has established a direct link between consumption of the chemical and the incidence of ovarian and womb cancer.
Research has shown that acrylamide is found in cooked foods such as bread, breakfast cereals, coffee and also meat and potatoes which had been fried, baked, roasted, grilled or barbecued.
Over to The Englishman for comment...
Health tip of the day - the only sure way to avoid cancer is to be dead and if you trust EU advice on anything rather than your own common sense than your brain probably already is.
Quite: this whole thing is completely fucking stupid. Besides, you know where "advice" from the EU leads: it leads to bans on advertising, then threats of bans leading to voluntary capping and then finally to a ban on the product concerned. Which, in this case, is anything that's not a cunting salad.