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State settles suit over chips, fries

California Briefing / LOS ANGELES

August 02, 2008|From the Associated Press

Four food manufacturers have agreed to reduce levels of a cancer-causing chemical in their potato chips and French fries in a settlement with the state of California.

The attorney general's office announced the deals Friday with Heinz, Frito-Lay, Kettle Foods and Lance Inc.

The lawsuits were filed under a state law that requires companies to post warnings about carcinogens in their products.

The attorney general's office sued the manufacturers and several fast food companies in 2005 because their products contained high levels of acrylamide.

The office says the companies agreed to lower the levels and pay a combined $3 million in fines.

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