Fears cyanide chips still on shop shelves

VEGETABLE chips containing large amounts of cyanide may still be on sale in Australia, despite new regulations restricting cyanide content in food products made from cassava.

Researchers who tested imported packets of vegetable crisps and frozen peeled and chopped cassava root in Melbourne and Canberra found levels of cyanide much greater than the limit of 10 parts per million (ppm) set by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

Products made from cassava, a starchy root vegetable that naturally contains cyanide, are establishing a growing place in the Australian health food market, according to researcher Associate Professor Ros Gleadow from Monash University.

While highly processed products manufactured within Australia since January this year adhered to food safety standards, some imported products contained potentially lethal amounts of the poison.
“The most alarming example of this trend is 262 ppm in one brand of cassava

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