30-May-2017
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Call for plastic-free aisles in supermarkets as fears grow over toxic chemicals causing cancer

LONDON May 15: Leading scientists are calling for plastic-free aisles in supermarkets, as fears grow that toxic chemicals leaching into food could cause cancer and fertility problems, The Telegraph reported.
 
In a letter to today’s The Mail on Sunday, ten top food-security specialists and doctors – including Professor Sir David Baulcombe, of Cambridge University, and Dr Audrey de Nazelle, of Imperial College London – warn that chemicals found in packaging are potentially dangerous if consumed every day.
 
They say disposable plastic wrappers not only leave traces of toxic phthalate chemicals on the surface of foods but 
contaminate the environment when thrown away. 
 
And there is also growing evidence that, when consumed, the chemicals could cause catastrophic changes to human cells.
 
Calling for plastic-free aisles, the experts write: ‘This will give shoppers a choice. Plastic packaging is damaging our 
environment and we do not know enough about its effects on human health.’ 
 
Frederikke Magnussen, co-founder of campaign group A Plastic Planet, added: ‘We’ve got gluten-free, dairy-free and fat-free, so why not have plastic-free?’