Peter Piper, a molecular biology expert at Sheffield University studied the preservative and found it could damage an important part of DNA called mitochondria.
'These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it, they knock it out altogether,' said Piper
'The mitochondria consumes the oxygen to give you energy and if you damage it then the cell starts to malfunction very seriously,' he
'And there is a whole array of diseases now being tied to damage to this part of DNA.
Parkinson's and quite a lot of neuro-degenerative diseases, but above all the whole process of ageing can be caused by the damage,' added Piper
claimed that tests on sodium benzoate carried out by the European Union and the US Food and Drug Administration
were too old to be reliable, the online edition of the Daily Mail reported Sunday.
'By the criteria of modern safety testing, the safety tests were inadequate,' he
'Like all things, safety testing moves forward and you can conduct a much more rigorous safety test than you could 50 years ago.
My concern is for children who are drinking large amounts,' said Piper
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