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Acrylamide

CAS ID #: 79-06-1

Affected Organ Systems: Neurological (Nervous System), Reproductive (Producing Children)

Cancer Classification: EPA: Likely to be carcinogenic to humans. IARC: Probably carcinogenic to humans. NTP: Reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen

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Chemical Classification: None

Summary: Acrylamide is a colorless, odorless, crystalline solid that can react violently when melted. When it is heated, sharp fumes may be released.

Acrylamide is used to make polyacrylamide, which is mainly used in treating waste water discharge from water treatment plants and industrial processes.

In addition, acrylamide and polyacrylamides are used in the production of dyes and organic chemicals, contact lenses, cosmetics and toiletries, permanent-press fabrics, paper and textile production, pulp and paper production, ore processing, sugar refining, and as a chemical grouting agent and soil stabilizer for the construction of tunnels, sewers, wells and reservoirs.

Acrylamide is formed in foods that are rich in carbohydrates when they are fried, grilled, or baked.

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