Carcinogens in the Diet

By Janet Raloff, 15:52 PM April 15, 2008

It's official. The federal government now has added agents commonly found in overcooked meat to the list of potential cancer causers.

On Jan. 31, the National Toxicology Program (NTP), part of the National Institutes of Health, published its latest update of materials known to cause cancer in people and others that are "reasonably anticipated" to do so. Among the 246 agents on the lists are the heterocyclic amines that develop in meats when they're cooked too long at high temperature.

These ar...

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