10/12/2012 12:42:00 PM

All That Glitters…Isn't Good for You

Cupcakes sprinkled with gold dust? Sounds too good to be true? That's because it is.

According to a study carried out by West Yorkshire public health officials, the 'edible' glitter that decorates cupcakes is in fact made from tiny particles of polyester plastic used to make drinks bottles or in some cases powdered brass.

The Daily Mail reports that while there has been no research on the effect on eating glitter-sized fragments of plastic, it is probably not a very good idea. Chris Hunt, who carried out the tests on the glitter told them, "no plastic is approved for human consumption and the Food Standards Agency advices it shouldn't be eaten."

We lost smoky cocktails earlier this week and now glittery cupcakes are off the shelf. What gimmick will be next to go?

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