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Snacking on apples cuts cholesterol, promotes weight loss--study

An apple a day might not keep the doctor away, but four apples can, as a new study has found that daily intake of apples can significantly reduce key risk factors for heart disease in post-menopausal women.

Public inclusion in risk reviews urged

London -- British researchers say they've found inclusion of activists and the general public in some food risk reviews can expand the focus of the investigations.

The multicenter study group said their findings are important to government agencies and policymakers interested in including more public input and enhancing public trust of expert recommendations on food safety.

The researchers said they considered three case studies related to children's risk from pesticide residues in apples, infection from a bacterial contaminant in chickens and a hypothetical contamination of animal feed with a toxin.