Ames test insufficient for genotoxicity of FCMs

Scientists deem Ames test unsuitable as standalone method to evaluate genotoxicity of FCM migrates, suggest complementing it with chemical information

REACH data insufficient to classify carcinogens and mutagens

RIVM scientists find data required by REACH to be insufficient for classifying category 1B carcinogens and mutagens according to criteria set by Classification, Labeling and Packaging legislation

Four acrylates possibly carcinogenic

International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies four acrylates used in food contact materials as possibly carcinogenic to humans; American Chemistry Council criticizes the decision

EU PET industry to provide antimony data

Committee of EU PET manufacturers joins data campaign to produce exposure information on antimony substances used in PET production

Epigenesis in response to stress and toxicants

Adverse environmental influences during childhood act through epigenetic mechanisms to increase disease rates in adults; trigger factors include stress and childhood trauma, malnourishment, exposure to toxicants

IARC: Styrene ‘probably carcinogenic’

International Agency for Research on Cancer concludes that styrene and styrene-6,8-oxide are ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’

U.S. hearing on international cancer research agency

U.S. Congress hearing on International Agency on the Research for Cancer addresses future funding; critics question agency’s scientific integrity; defenders talk of industry-lead campaign to discredit IARC’s monographs on carcinogens program

Antimony trioxide an anticipated carcinogen

U.S. National Toxicology Program’s draft Report on Carcinogens monograph supports listing antimony trioxide as ‘reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen based on sufficient evidence from studies in experimental animals’

Toxic napkins

CHEM Trust revisits issue of paper napkin contamination by primary aromatic amines used in ink production, calls for improved regulation of chemicals in food contact paper and inks

Migration of nitrosamines from FCMs

Scientists develop analytical method to measure N-nitrosamines migrating from elastomeric food contact materials; 6 nitrosamines detected frequently; BfR-recommended limit exceeded for one styrene block copolymer sample