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Questions and Answers about Furan

FAQ of 24 August 2011

Furan occurs in heated foods, just like acrylamide. Particularly high concentrations are found in roasted foodstuffs, such as coffee, and in foods exposed to high temperatures in closed containers, such as baby food. How exactly the substance is formed during food processing has not been fully clarified.

In experiments with animals, higher doses of furan result in cancer. It is not clear whether the long-term intake of small quantities of furan in foodstuffs can lead to cancer in humans. The BfR does not currently have any findings which would implicate that furan intake through food constitutes a potential health hazard for consumers. Accordingly, a change to the nutrition and eating habits of consumers is not necessary in the view of the BfR.

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