A French study found that Nestlé’s P’tit Biscuits contain levels of acrylamide—a chemical contaminant known to increase the risk of cancer—that are over the European benchmark levels.
The survey, carried out by three non-profit organizations—SumOfUs, Changing Markets and MECF Network—found that the Nestlé biscuits contained 226.1 micrograms per kilogram of acrylamide, which is above the EU benchmark level of 200 micrograms per kilogram.
Acrylamide forms naturally when starchy foods are fried or roasted, and is found both in home-cooked foods as well as processed foods. As such, while acrylamide cannot be avoided entirely, you should do all you can to limit exposure.
Health Canada has yet to make a statement on the issue.