Acrylamide is a compound detrimental to health, therefore, pursuant to the EU Commission Recommendation No. 2007/331/EC, it is necessary to monitor its content in food products with high levels of carbohydrates. The objective of the paper was to determine the content level of acrylamide in some selected groups of cereal products. The determination was performed using a method of gas chromatography coupled with a tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS). The method applied was characterized by a good coefficient of variation (RSD < 5.9%) and by a limit of determining this compound in processed cereal products (except for bread products) represented by the detection limit of 37 μg/kg. Among all the processed cereal products tested, crackers were the products with the highest amount of acrylamide: 859 μg/kg, whereas oat flakes has the lowest level of acrylamide: 23 μg/kg.
acrylamide, processed cereal products, GC-MS/MS method, monitoring