French fries: There are probably other reasons besides acrylamide to avoid these tasty snacks. iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption iStockphoto The Salt Remember 'French Fries Cause Cancer'? Here's The Acrylamide Update November 21, 2013 Back in 2002, news that acrylamide, a carcinogen in animals, had been found in some foods set off a bit of a panic. Now the FDA has issued a new warning on the chemical in food. But here's the puzzler: In the years since that first scare, the human studies haven't really backed those initial concerns about cancer.