Volume 45, Number 9

September 2006 

PART I: WORLD NEWS


INTERNATIONAL

WHO-IPCS re-evaluation of TEFs for dioxin and dioxin-like compounds
JECFA 63rd meeting
Environmental Health Criteria documents
OECD Guidelines for the testing of chemicals

EUROPEAN UNION

REACH technical guidance document on the identification of substances
SCCP deliberations…
… on hydroxybenzomorpholine
… on 1-hydroxyethyl-4,5-diamino pyrazole sulfate
… on N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-p-phenylenediamine sulfate
… on HC Violet No. 1
… on benzoic acid, 2-[4-(diethylamino)-2-hydroxybenzoyl]-, hexyl ester
… on 4-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)
… on coumarin
… on methyldibromoglutaronitrile
… on the strategy for testing hair dyes
… on in vitro percutaneous absorption of reaction products of oxidative hair dyes
… and on fragrance restrictions
EFSA assesses folpet, captan, dimethomorph, methomyl, oxydemeton-methyl, dimethoate and diazin
EMEA guidance for the testing of veterinary medicines for minor food-producing species
Consolidated list of EU-approved monomers and additives for food-contact plastics
EFSA adds flavour to its evaluations
Commission proposals for new regulations on flavourings, enzymes and food additives

UNITED KINGDOM

HSC occupational exposure standards
Keeping a WATCH-ful eye on carcinogen potency classifications
Compendium of chemical hazards issued by Health Protection Agency
IIAC considers respiratory disease caused by mists from metalworking fluids
COM statement on genotoxicity of metal hip replacements
ACP reviews the toxicity of fenitrothion
FSA tackles mushrooms and kava kava
ACNFP discusses genetically modified soya
COT statement on uranium levels in water used to reconstitute infant formula

UNITED STATES

ATSDR draft Toxicological Profiles
EPA progress report on air quality criteria documents for lead, particulate matter and ozone
Draft OEHHA public health goals on cadmium, glyphosate, N-nitrosodimethylamine and PCBs
Age matters at the EPA
Pesticide petitions filed with the EPA
EPA pesticide tolerances
EPA risk assessments of pesticides
Recycled plastics in food packaging – FDA guidance
FDA GRAS status letters
NIH review safety and efficacy of multivitamin and mineral supplements
Alternative methods assessed by NICEATM for testing effects of chemicals on eyes

OTHER AUTHORITATIVE BODIES

ADI and ARfD lists for agricultural and veterinary chemicals in Australia
Health Canada – State of the Science Report for a Screening Health Assessment on PBDEs
RIVM considers PBDEs in Dutch food
Calcium oxide and hydrogen sulphide – DECOS considers OELs

PART II: SHORT CUTS

Developmental toxicity of 1,3-di-o-tolylguanidine in rats
Effect of trichloroethylene and its metabolites on foetal eye development
Buckyballs still passing their toxicological exams
Anaphylaxis from ingestion of a high molecular weight polyethylene glycol
The safety of tetrabromobisphenol A under fire
Interactive pesticides?
Suggestive evidence of human carcinogenicity for polychlorophenol fungicides?
Carcinogenicity study on malachite green chloride and leucomalachite green
Low dose complexities of DEHP
Very low dose toxicity of diethyl phthalate
THQ – potential new antioxidant?
Aspartame affects brain enzymes in rats
Aristolochic acid and genotoxicity in rats
Choline deficiency and DNA damage in humans
Apigenin induces micronuclei in vitro
Vitamin D and health
Beneficial effects of n-3 fatty acids – cardiovascular disease and mortality
Vegetable oils and cholesterol
Green coffee beans mean lower blood pressure?
Coffee, alcohol and cirrhosis
Tea and the risk of breast or bowel cancer
Habitual green tea consumption and risk of subarachnoid haemorrhage
Milk and lactose associated with borderline ovarian cancer
Colon cancer and caraway seeds
Clove may protect against lung cancer development in mice
NOAEL for Japanese water pepper extract in rats
Chilli consumption may help keep the blood flowing
Propolis – possibly genotoxic to mammalian cells?
Processed meat may increase risk of stomach cancer
Helicobacter infection, endogenous nitroso compounds and gastric cancer
Cranberry juice – good for the heart and waistline?
Staying young with annurca apples
Asian tree shows promise in combating senility (in mice)
Green for a healthy tan?
Fruit and vegetables may protect against mouth and throat cancer
Early fish consumption may protect children from allergies
SFTG international collaborative study on the in vitro micronucleus test

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