WHO And IARC To Assess Seven Major Chemicals

On 1 August 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced it would review the potential for seven chemicals in food and consumer products to cause cancer. These chemicals are: 1-tert-butoxypropan-2-ol (Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) No. 136579-67-4); ?-myrcene (CAS No. 123-35-3); furfuryl alcohol (CAS No. 98-00-0); melamine (CAS No. 108-78-1); pyridine (CAS No. 110-86-1); tetrahydrofuran (CAS No. 109-99-9); and vinylidene chloride (CAS No. 75-35-4). Organisations that wish to observe the Panel’s 6-13 June 2017, deliberations should request observer status by 15 February 2017. The agency will accept relevant data through 8 May 2017. BASF Corp., the Dow Chemical Co., DuPont, Koch Industries Inc., and Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC were among the U.S. manufacturers of the chemicals in 2012, the most recent year for which EPA has data. IARC will evaluate whether these seven chemicals may cause cancer. IARC requests nominations of scientists as expert panel members by 12 October 2016. The list of chemicals IARC will evaluate at Meeting 119 and other information is available online.

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