Volume 47, Number 7

July 2008

PART I: WORLD NEWS


INTERNATIONAL

OECD compilation on hazards/risks of brominated flame retardants (BFRs)
Integrated approaches to testing and assessment considered at OECD workshop
OECD draft test guidelines on in vitro skin irritation …
… and endocrine disruption assays
Dermal absorption factors – OECD guidance document issued
ILSI assessment of nutritionally enhanced foods and feeds

EUROPEAN UNION

REACH for your holiday reading …
… Deluge as ECHA goes operational
… Keeping up-to-date on data submission
… Your questions answered on pre-registration
… Guidance documents
… Regulation on the test methods applicable to REACH
Risk assessment reports (RARs) evaluated by SCHER
EU risk assessment reports on DEHP and bisphenol A
Toxicokinetics of bisphenol A in infants and adults – EFSA to consider data
SCCP deliberations
CoE evaluates cosmetic ingredients
Risk assessment of (multiple) pesticides considered by EFSA
EFSA reviews health risks from cross-contamination of animal feed by diclazuril
Mineral amino acid chelates evaluated by EFSA
EFSA verdict on L-valine from Escherichia coli for use as a feed additive
EFSA tickles taste buds with more flavouring evaluations
Rosemary extracts receive rosy EFSA report
EFSA verdict on nitrate in vegetables
GM maize contaminant raises little EFSA concern
ECVAM workshop reports 

UNITED KINGDOM

COM considers new data on the genotoxicity of acrylamide …
… and phenol
COC Statement on chlorinated drinking water and cancer
COM Statement on the mutagenicity of sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate
ACNFP discusses psyllium seed husk
Fatty issues discussed by the SACN
COM to revise guidance on mutagenicity testing

UNITED STATES

IRIS – draft EPA toxicological review for carbon tetrachloride
NTP RoC – draft background document for styrene
Revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for lead proposed by EPA
Public health goals proposed by OEHHA for oxamyl and styrene in drinking water
Pesticide tolerance petitions filed with the EPA
EPA pesticide tolerances and human health risk assessments
Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for nicotine issued by EPA
NICEATM and ICCVAM publish report on mouse local lymph node assay

OTHER AUTHORITATIVE BODIES

BfR issues research strategy on nanotechnology
NICNAS – Full Public Reports on new chemicals
APVMA evaluations of dichlorvos, atrazine and chlorantraniliprole
FSANZ assessment report on asparaginase
BfR warning about energy drinks
 

PART II: SHORT CUTS

Developmental toxicity of diallyl phthalate
Decabromodiphenyl ether tested for endocrine effects
Endocrine-disrupting activity of two phenolic antioxidants
Inhalation toxicity of diethanolamine and triethanolamine
Biases may mask association between benzene and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)
Sweet smell of success for linalool in developmental toxicity test
Acrylamide may be linked with kidney cancer
Milk powder not to be sniffed at
Safety of ubiquinol tested in rats and dogs
Green tea catechins fairly reassuring in rat feeding study …
… but may brew up a genotoxic twist
Testing time for health food mushroom
Less breathless with passionate encounters?
Flavonoids may protect against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)  

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