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'Baby bottle chemical risk'

The story

Babies are being put at risk by a chemical contained in plastic baby bottles, the Daily Express reports.

The source

A US review published in Environmental Health Perspectives concluded low doses of a chemical called bisphenol A, used in some household plastics, can affect cell function in animal models.

Expert view

Dr Laurence Castle, principal scientist at the Central Science Laboratory in York, said: 'There would be no reason not to use these bottles. They have been tested at great length and any bisphenol A is either not detectable or only detectable in very small amounts.'

'Spice dye in cancer fears'

The story

Another cancer-causing dye has found its way into food, The Times and Daily Express report.

The source

Bart Spices Ltd recalled ground paprika sold in supermarkets after finding it contained a dye called Para Red, which is very similar to Sudan 1.

Expert view

Dr Diane Benford, senior toxicologist at the Food Standards Agency, said: 'Although there is very limited data available it would be prudent to assume it could be a genotoxic carcinogen.'

'Garlic cuts fatty deposits'

The story

Garlic supplements can dramatically reduce the build-up of fatty deposits, the Daily Mail claims.

The source

A German study presented at the 6th annual conference on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology in Washington last week reported that garlic extract reduced nanoplaque formation during in vitro tests.

Expert view

Judy O'Sullivan of the British Heart Foundation said: 'It is thought allicin [a substance in garlic] may affect the way the body deals with cholesterol, but there has been no clear evidence.'

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