Volume 47, Number 4

April 2008

PART I: WORLD NEWS


INTERNATIONAL

IARC verdicts on smokeless tobacco and some tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines
Codex standard for natural mineral waters


EUROPEAN UNION

REACH for …
… updated guidance on registration, intermediates and PPORD
… workshop presentations
… and pre-registration format
A second DART targets toxin ranking system
EU risk assessment reports
HERA report on polycarboxylates
Nanomaterials in cosmetics considered by SCCP
SCENIHR assessment of the health effects of smokeless tobacco products
Biocide evaluations available from EC Environment
EFSA issues draft assessment reports on dicamba, imazaquin and tembotrione
EFSA conclusions on bifenox and diflufenican
More food-contact materials assessed by EFSA
European Commission “accentuates the positive” on food-contact materials
Southampton study on food additives and child behaviour – EFSA’s verdict
EFSA approves tocopherols (but not tocotrienols) as sources of vitamin E
An EFSA thumbs down for six vanadium compounds considered for food use
More EFSA flavouring evaluations
Genetically modified oilseed rape approved by EFSA

UNITED KINGDOM

Folic acid food fortification and colorectal cancer risk – more SACN deliberations 

UNITED STATES

EPA IRIS draft toxicological reviews for 2-hexanone, propionaldehyde and thallium
Air pollutants – EPA reconsiders nitrogen oxides
Submissions to the EPA HPV Program for merphos, lyral and dicamba intermediates
Pesticide tolerance petitions filed with the EPA
EPA pesticide tolerances and health risk assessments
REDs and pesticide risk assessments issued by EPA
Food labelling health claim for barley betafibre assessed by FDA 

OTHER AUTHORITATIVE BODIES

NICNAS – Full Public Reports on new chemicals
FSANZ proposes a limit on hydrocyanic acid in cassava chips
 

PART II: SHORT CUTS

Carbon nanotubes induced mesotheliomas in mouse study
Tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA) may be a cause for concern
Little immunity from dioxin pollutants?
Kestrels flirt less when exposed to polybrominated diphenyl ethers
Resorcinol tested in two-generation reproductive study
More skin sensitizers make the news
Testosterone activity in male rats amplified by triclocarban, a common antimicrobial
Nisin tested for developmental toxicity
Toxicity studies on the dipeptide L-alanyl-L-glutamine (L-AG)
Rats get a free hair dye when fed purple corn colour
Dietary effects of Aloe arborescens in rats
Lutein from marigold blooms well in toxicity studies
Sweet results for rebaudioside A in 90-day rat study
Fischer 344 rats get all inflamed when given diets containing montan wax for 90 days
Joint efforts by hesperidin derivative
Greek diets high in choline or betaine may be less inflammatory
Natural trans fatty acids under the spotlight
Your berry good health
Caffeine intake and miscarriage in the US
Glycemic index, glycemic load and thyroid cancer
Chemical mixtures risk assessment – a need for revision of regulatory guidelines?

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