Volume 47, Number 2

February 2008

PART I: WORLD NEWS


INTERNATIONAL

UNEP POPs programme – POPRC adopted reports
JECFA evaluations of food additives and contaminants – 67th meeting
OECD test guidelines and other documents … on the in vitro micronucleus test
… on reproductive toxicity testing
… on an endocrine disruption assay
… and on various further topics


EUROPEAN UNION

EU risk assessment reports … on sodium hydroxide
… and on cadmium and cadmium oxide
Draft EU risk assessment reports … on hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)
… on bis(hydroxylammonium)sulphate
… on high-temperature coal tar pitch
… on styrene
… on N-cyclohexylbenzothiazol-2-sulphenamide (CBS)
… on sodium hypochlorite
… on diphenylamine
ECETOC publication on cyanides and acetone cyanohydrin
Draft evaluations on diflubenzuron available from EC Environment
EFSA conclusions on four more plant protection products
Draft assessment reports issued by EFSA on six pesticides
Food-contact materials assessed by EFSA
EFSA approvals for Allanblackia seed oil … 
… beeswax
… calcium citrate malate
… and, belatedly, lutein
EMEA assessment of valerian root as a herbal medicine
EFSA’s draft guidance document on botanicals for use as food supplements
EMEA guidance on assessing genotoxicity in herbal products
ECETOC workshop report on genotoxicity testing
ECVAM validation studies and workshop report  

UNITED KINGDOM

COM Statement on the mutagenicity of terephthalic acid
ACNFP draft opinion on phosphated distarch phosphate
ACNFP considers novel food application of Ferrazone®
SACN and FSA review trans fats
Welcome to the General Advisory Committee on Science (GACS)

UNITED STATES

IRIS draft toxicological review for acrylamide
2008 IRIS agenda – EPA looking forward
EPA considers environmental impact of nitrogen and sulphur oxides
Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel announcements
Research Institute for Fragrance Materials – RIFM Expert Panel safety assessments
EPA pesticide tolerances and health risk assessments
REDs and pesticide risk assessments issued by EPA
EPA pesticide Registration Reviews
FDA GRAS status for α-glycosyl isoquercitrin
Mouse local lymph node assay (LLNA)

OTHER AUTHORITATIVE BODIES

Several final reports on carcinogenicity and genotoxicity issued by DECOS
DECOS recommends an OEL for kaolin
BfR considers coumarin in cosmetics
FSANZ safety assessments
BfR concerned about 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) in infant formula

PART II: SHORT CUTS

Carcinogenicity of inhaled carbon tetrachloride
Toxicity of 2′-hydroxy-3′,5′-di-tert-butylphenyl)benzotriazole (HDBB) in 52-week study
Brominated flame retardant PBDE-47 shows genotoxicity in human cells
Maternal exposure to PCBs may affect the thymus of babies
TCDD exposure during testicular development and sperm quality in later life
Boron may not improve chances of fathering a son
Human health risk assessment for aluminium
Cumulative TDI – do phthalates add up?
Vitamin E may help keep your genes in good shape
FSA workshop on folate and colorectal cancer …
… and on dietary fatty acids and cardiovascular health
Genistein helps mice fight cancer
Isoflavones may benefit the male urinary tract
Sweet DNA protection from Stevia rebaudiana?
Red meat as a multi-site carcinogen?
Whole grain and diabetes
Purple sweet potato – a colourful way to help the liver?
Green tea is linked with reduced leukaemia risk
Alcoholic drinks may provoke rash responses (and sneezing and wheezing)
Testing for respiratory allergy … not just a wheeze?

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