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Deadly chemical in green paper towel, says council; SOLIHULL.

AN URGENT warning has been issued amid fears a certain type of green paper towel could contain a cancer-causing chemical.

Solihull Council is urging caterers to check with officials after a warning from the Food Standards Agency that paper towels containing malachite green - being used in food preparation areas - could be potentially fatal.

According to experts, malachite green is a potential genotoxic carcinogen which, if used in food preparation areas, can indirectly contaminate food.

However, the council says that not all green-coloured paper towels contain the substance.

They are urging caterers who have green-coloured paper towels to check they are using them according to the manufacturers' instructions.

The council says those who are unsure whether or not their paper towels contain malachite green should contact the manufacturer.

Anyone who would like further information or guidance is urged to contact the Food Standards Agency on 020 7276 8829 or log on to
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Date:Jan 24, 2006
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