Classification and Labelling Platform launched
ECHA has launched a new initiative to help companies comply with the CLP Regulation. The purpose of the Classification and Labelling Platform is to support companies in improving the quality of their classification and labelling notifications. The platform will help especially SMEs in fulfilling their legal obligations as they will have a better way of following the classifications set by larger companies.
Discussion rooms at the C&L Platform are accessible only to those registrants and notifiers who have submitted notifications for substances. To access the C&L Platform click here. Here you will also find a user manual.
SVHC Candidate List gathers speed
We advise companies to keep one step ahead of the Candidate List and to make sure to identify substances in your production which are or may end up on the List.
At DHI we have noticed an increased interest from companies concerning SVHC substances and adoption of a strategy for phase out of SVHC substances. Substances on the Candidate List are candidates for the Authorisation List (REACH, Annex XIV). If a substance is included in the Authorisation List/Annex XIV, the use of the substance is subject to authorisation.
For questions on SVHC substances, please contact
QSAR Toolbox update and QSAR workshop
An update of the OECD QSAR Toolbox is available to download. Besides improved interface and search functionalities, new features of the QSAR Toolbox 3.1 include:
To download the QSAR Toolbox click here.
QSAR is used to assess the (eco)toxicity hazards of chemicals to be registered under REACH. This helps to reduce costs and the use of vertebrate animals.
QSAR workshop at DHI on 11 April
If you’re not familiar with the QSAR Toolbox then join our workshop on 11 April. The workshop aims to give you an overview of the Toolbox and how it can be used for estimating missing data. During the workshop we will guide you through the basic steps of the Toolbox. After the workshop you will understand how the Toolbox can be used for data gap filling, e.g. for REACH registrations.
For more information on the QSAR workshop, read here
You are also welcome to contact the workshop leader
Tel +45 4516 9256
Nanomaterials in food packaging
Nanomaterials can be used in several ways to improve the properties of food packaging materials for the benefit of consumers, food industry, and the environment. However, nanomaterials are also a cause for concern as regards consumer safety and the quality of food contact materials.
Increases shelf life
The challenges of migration
For more information on nano and food packing materials, please contact
Evaluation of food enzymes in the EU
EFSA is stepping up the risk assessment of all enzymes used to manufacture, process or prepare foods in the EU. All food enzymes that producers want to market in the EU must be evaluated by EFSA. Consequently, producers are encouraged to submit technical dossiers for evaluation by EFSA.
EFSA has published Guidance on the Submission of a Dossier on Food Enzymes for Safety Evaluation. Originally the deadline was in 2013, but it has been postponed to 11 March 2015.
DHI has prepared various types of dossiers for EFSA. If you require assistance with dossiers for enzymes or other food additives, please contact
Food-borne pathogens – new challenges
Food-borne disease regularly makes headlines. With the growth in global food trade, new challenges must be met by the food industry.
The good news is that infections caused by the bacterium Salmonella can be decreased significantly through a targeted effort. Over a five-year-period the outbreak of salmonella infections in Denmark and Germany has been almost cut to a third and a half, respectively. However, the bad news is that viruses, new and existing, will probably play a much more dominant role in the future in food-borne infections. In Germany, norovirus, rotavirus, and hepatitis E virus already play an important role in food-borne disease. This is due to the constant growth in global food trade.
Pathogens spread via plant-based food
The above was reported by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) following a recent meeting of more than 200 scientists. For a more thorough account of this meeting, read here (English) or here (German).
Metals in baby food
Despite being within the allowed limits, it is alarming that products intended for use by infants and young children contain amounts of contaminants that may potentially result in adverse health effects.
This is the conclusion of an assessment carried out by the National Food Agency in Sweden. The Agency has analysed 6 minerals/metals in 100 different food products for infants and young children. Based on the assessment the Agency recommends producers to reduce concentrations of contaminants such as arsenic and lead in foods intended for infants and young children. Furthermore, it was concluded that health-based guidance values for children’s cadmium exposure and for low and high intakes of essential minerals need to be updated to ensure adequacy and safety of foods for infants and young children.
For more details on the assessment of contaminants and minerals in foods for infants and young children, view the Swedish National Food Agency’s analytical results here and the risk and benefit assessment here.
For more information on methods to reduce the content of contaminants in various foodstuffs, please contact
Nonylphenols in textiles acquitted
There is no reason to avoid clothes or textiles containing nonylphenols (NP) or nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE). This is the overall conclusion in a report made by DHI in collaboration with the Danish EPA.
In the report textiles imported from countries outside of the EU were subjected to scrutiny. Concentrations of NP and NPE were compared to effects from animal testing. Based on the amount of NP or NPE that may migrate from the clothes via the skin and into the body, NP and NPE do not pose a risk to human health.
The use of NP and NPE is regulated by REACH. The regulation lays down limitations of use of NP and NPE in textile production, but there is no regulation of the amounts allowed in imported textiles. However, a proposal for limitations of NP in imported textiles is in the pipeline.
The report is in Danish, however, contains a 4-page summary and conclusion (page 11-15). To view the report, click here.
For more information, please contact
Cadmium increases risk of osteoporosis
The Scandinavian countries, and in particular Sweden, have one of the highest risks of bone fractures. Statistically, there is a significant correlation between cadmium intake from food and the risk of suffering a fracture.
Cadmium and osteoporosis - a costly combination
Slow progress in cadmium reduction
In 2009 the European food safety authority EFSA re-evaluated Cd and set a new tolerable weekly intake of 2.5µg Cd/kg bw based on kidney effects. This should not give Cd levels in urine of above 1 μg Cd/g kreatinin. However, since then new data has been published indicating that also for urine levels below 1 μg Cd/g kreatinin there is an increased risk for osteoporosis and fractures.
The Swedish report is only available in Swedish, and can be read here.
Food producers with interest in lowering the amount of cadmium in their food are welcome to contact
Danish approval system for drinking water products
On 1 April 2013 a new scheme for approval of products in contact with drinking water will become effective in Denmark. The previous scheme, also known as VA approval, will be replaced by the GDV approval (Godkendt til DrikkeVand/approved for drinking water) for construction products that come into contact with drinking water. The new scheme will be named Approval scheme for construction products approved for use with drinking water. The approval covers the health related properties of drinking water installations, but not their mechanical or physical properties.
Release of some substances tightened
Furthermore, products used for coating of water pipes, will be included in the GDV approval. Until now coating products have not been able to obtain formal approval. Consequently, several manufacturers/importers had a statement prepared by DHI to demonstrate that their product were suitable for contact with drinking water.
Compulsory labelling from 1 April 2014
For more information on the approval scheme and assessment of products, please contact
Friendly microorganisms meet tough laws
DHI microbiologist Stephen Wessels has authored a major chapter in a new book on the subject: Beneficial Microorganisms in Agriculture, Food and the Environment. Here, Wessels shows how two very different historical tendencies in the USA and in the European Union have resulted in two very different ways of governing microorganisms to be added to food and feed.
Industry vs regulation
The book is available at the CABI on-line bookstore
Course catalogues 2013
Courses and seminars in Denmark
QSAR workshop, Introduction to the OECD Toolbox - 11 April
Courses Asia-Pacific region
SEPAWA Nordic Conference, Malmö, Sweden
SETAC Europe, Glasgow, UK
inSPIRe Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
The XIII International Congress of Toxicology 2013, Seoul, South Korea
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