Volume 47, Number 12

December 2008

PART I: WORLD NEWS


INTERNATIONAL

Back issues of four more IARC volumes posted on web
CICAD on 2-butenal
WHO drinking water guidelines on diflubenzuron, carbaryl and other chemicals
JECFA considers veterinary residues
OECD draft test guideline on amphibian metamorphosis assay


EUROPEAN UNION

Deadlines coming within REACH
…Rapid response service for pre-registrations
…New version of REACH-IT to help meet 1 December pre-registration deadline
…Updated list of pre-registered substances
…More duties for companies arise from publication of Candidate List
…Draft guidance on Annex V of REACH Regulation
…Draft guidance on waste and recovered substances
…Updated questions and answers for registrants
EU RAR on 2,3-epoxypropyltrimethylammonium chloride (EPTAC)
SCCP struggles to approve cosmetic ingredients
EFSA re-enters debate on bisphenol A
Biocide evaluations available from EC Environment
EFSA includes some unlikely-sounding pesticides in its draft assessment reports
Conclusions from EFSA on plant protection products
Risk assessment of nanomaterials in food – EFSA consultation
Flavouring evaluations from EFSA
EMEA looks at peppermint oil and leaf
EC committees discuss risk assessment of genotoxic carcinogens

UNITED KINGDOM

COC November deliberations
COT Statements on bracken, pyrrolizidine alkaloids and water chlorination
SACN Statement on dietary fibre and health
COT Statement on caffeine intake during pregnancy…
…and FSA consumer advice
FSA reviews food allergy and intolerance research 

UNITED STATES

NTP finalises technical reports on genistein and propargyl alcohol
Draft ATSDR toxicological profiles released for cadmium, chromium and manganese
More chemicals reviewed under EPA HPV Program
EPA receives TSCA submissions for transfluthrin and N,N-dimethylaminoethanol
CIR publishes safety assessments on a number of cosmetic ingredients
Tolerance exemption petitions filed with EPA on various acrylic acid-based polymers
EPA grants pesticide tolerances for pyrimethanil and tolerance exemption for a silane
Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for triclosan issued by EPA
FDA GRAS status: CLA-isomers, galacto-oligosaccharides and baker’s yeast beta-glucan
AAP revises recommendations on vitamin D intake during childhood

OTHER AUTHORITATIVE BODIES

NICNAS considers isoprene glycol
FSANZ assessment reports on phospholipase A2 and cellulose 
 

PART II: SHORT CUTS

Inhalation toxicity of 1,4-dioxane
Reproductive and developmental toxicity of bisphenol A reviewed (again)
Heartfelt effects of dioxins
Isononyl isononanoate and trioleyl phosphate sensitization
Study finds no link between acrylamide in food and gastrointestinal cancer
Colourful 1-year rat study may pose problems for madder
Glad tidings from safety studies on Nutriose®FB
Fat rats show vaccenic acid (a trans-fatty acid) can be good-hearted
Thought-provoking micronutrients for children
Should cancer bioassay exposure duration be extended?

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