Volume 45, Number 5

May 2006 

PART I: SHORT CUTS

Should healthy diets be taken with a pinch of salt?
Yummy Gum Arabic
Carbonate ion and stomach cancer
Vegetable intake and asthma prevalence
An EPIC report of meat intake, H. pylori and cancer of the stomach and oesophagus
Soy and breast cancer
Hypercholesterolemia – change your diet or take your medicine
Yoghurt and prostate cancer
Does green tea get the green light?
An alternate reality for healthy moderate drinkers?
A possible hearty effect for lupeol
Omega-3 fatty acids and disease prevention – the debate rumbles on…
… and on
Folic acid fortification and the survival of infants with neural tube defects
Anti-inflammatory properties of vitamin C
Is vitamin D regarded too cautiously?
Genotoxicity of heterocyclic amines
A research strategy to improve risk estimates for bromate in drinking water
Fluoride and bone cancer again
Genotoxicity of groundwater contaminants
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – possible link to childhood cancer
Neonatal exposure to hexabromocyclododecane and neurotoxicity
Pregnancy-induced hypertension and environmental lead
Pesticide production workers and prostate cancer
Methylglyoxal in cancer treatment
Starting a family is not the time to refurbish the Mouse House with PFOA
Cr VI allergy may inflame the couch slouch!
Reproductive toxicity of di-isoheptyl phthalate
Confirming parentage with biomarkers of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate?
An industry safety assessment of coumarin
Sensitization from PEG and its big brother, polyoxyethylene-polyoxypropylene
Allergic contact dermatitis from methyl gentisate
Chloroatranol and atranol are highly potent allergens
Allergenic dose-response of para-phenylenediamine
VOCs and atopic eczema
Precautionary principle

PART II: WORLD NEWS


EUROPEAN UNION

EFSA reaffirms certain GM approvals…
… but there are rumblings of discontent
ESBO comes up for EFSA scrutiny once again
EFSA approval of an enzymatic feed additive
EFSA assessments on malathion and dichlorprop-P
EU RARs on tetrabromobisphenol-A and tris(nonylphenyl) phosphite
SCCP deliberations…
… on furocoumarins in cosmetic products
… on octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane
… on alkyl (C16, C18, C22) trimethylammonium chloride for non-preservative use
… and on hydroxyethyl-2-nitro-p-toluidine

UNITED KINGDOM

ACNFP discussions include zeaxanthin
Salt still targeted by FSA
FSA – oily fish recommendations
Apricot kernels – FSA issues cyanide warning
Crop spraying and health of residents and bystanders – COT and COC respond
COT’s Working Group on Variation and Uncertainty in Toxicology

UNITED STATES

CERHR panel evaluates genistein (aglycone) and soy formula
FDA guidance for food additive petitions
Proposed new guidance system for beverage consumption in the US
Pesticide petitions filed with the EPA
EPA risk assessments of pesticides
OEHHA proposes child-specific health criteria for endosulfan and lead
CIR safety assessments and re-reviews
EPA NCEA draft report on cumulative risk assessments
Pharmacokinetic models considered by NCEA
NCEA colloquium on genomics in risk assessment

OTHER AUTHORITATIVE BODIES

Medium chain triglycerides for infant formula approved by FSANZ
Food processing aids reviewed by FSANZ
FSANZ recommends GM maize with high lysine
JECFA veterinary residues
JMPR pesticide monographs
Establishing MRLs for pesticides and veterinary drugs
CICAD on perchloroethylene
DECOS recommends occupational exposure limit for tetrachloroethane
SIDS Initial Assessment Reports (SIARs)
PFOS and related compounds
Japanese Pharmacopoeia
First step towards an OECD test guideline for the cell transformation assay?
In vitro testing of endocrine disruptors

PART III: LEGISLATION


EUROPEAN UNION

Amendments to Directives on foodstuffs for particular nutritional uses and on
food supplements
Acetamide is not the Commission’s flavour of the month
Directive revises purity criteria for sunset yellow and titanium dioxide
Draft European regulations on vitamin and mineral supplements, and food health claims
More plant protection products authorised by Council Directive
Feed additives approved by Commission Regulations
Commission considers risks associated with phthalates and other chemicals

UNITED STATES

FDA authorises food labelling health claim for sucralose
EPA pesticide tolerances

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