Volume 47, Number 10

October 2008

PART I: WORLD NEWS


INTERNATIONAL

OECD issues final draft SIARs
Eyeing up OECD draft test guidelines on corrosives and severe irritants
Fresh on the catwalk – IPCS guidance on PBPK/PBTK modeling

EUROPEAN UNION

REACH for more help…
…on temporary procedures for inquiries…
…and guidance documents
Draft EU risk assessment report on hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)
Biocide evaluations available from EC Environment
Draft EFSA assessment reports on eight pesticides
EFSA’s verdict on ricin in animal feed
Chocoholic animals? Theobromine in animal feed assessed by EFSA
Provisional Community list of additives for food-contact plastics
More flavouring evaluations from EFSA
EFSA assesses first (of many) health claim applications

UNITED KINGDOM

Environment Agency publishes updates to CLEA framework
COT September deliberations
Preliminary ACNFP view on DHA rich algal oil from Schizchytrium
ACNFP discusses initial opinions issued by other Competent Authorities
COC Statement on areca nut carcinogenicity

UNITED STATES

OEHHA considers chlorpyrifos, hexavalent chromium, trihalomethanes and air pollutants
Explosive draft OEHHA carcinogenicity review of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT)
Draft FDA safety assessment of bisphenol A in food-contact applications
NTP-CERHR issues Monograph on reproductive and developmental toxicity of bisphenol A
Industry petitions on pesticide tolerances filed with the EPA
Pesticide tolerances and tolerance exemptions granted by EPA
Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) issued by EPA for siduron
EPA pesticide fact sheet on flubendiamide and new biopesticide action documents
Pesticide science reviews available from EPA under Freedom of Information Act
Background document for aristolochic acids finalised for NTP RoC

OTHER AUTHORITATIVE BODIES

Screening assessments from Health Canada and Environment Canada
Canadian verdict on chlorinated paraffins
NICNAS – Full Public Reports on new chemicals
Opinions of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) on…
…developmental neurotoxicity of bisphenol A…
…upper limits for minerals …
…and multichemical exposures
 

PART II: SHORT CUTS

Bisphenol A (BPA) linked with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver effects…
…and may also monkey around with the brain
Nervous system development and chlorpyrifos
Maternal exposure to hexachlorobenzene linked with childhood obesity
Pregnancy outcome and drinking water disinfectant by-products
para-Phenylenediamine (PPD) may cause foetal heart damage
Allergic response to 2-hexyldecanol
FEMA GRAS re-affirmation of α,β-unsaturated aldehydes and related substances
Maternal use of ephedra and birth defects
Soy food and isoflavone intake linked with lower sperm counts
Sweet results for sugar in study on pancreatic cancer
Nutty conference considers health benefits
Assessing novel proteins for allergic potential

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