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The European Commission has put on hold plans to increase maximum authorised mercury level in fish
( 03.12.2018 )
Following a meeting held in September between the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) with the European Commission, it has been decided to discontinue for the time being the...

EU agrees on maximum cadmium level in fertilisers
( 25.11.2018 )
The European Union on Tuesday agreed on a cap for cadmium levels in fertilisers in a move welcomed by Russia’s Phosagro but greeted with some scepticism by a European industry lobby. ...

Imaging and Identification of Sulfur Species within Corals by X-ray Spectroscopy
( 09.11.2018 )
A group of US researchers reported results obtained by coupled micro X-ray fluorescence (µXRF) and X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) for determining the presence of specific sulfur species ...

Quantification of polybrominated diphenyl ethers by means of GC-ICP-MS
( 07.11.2018 )
A group of Chinese researchers demonstrated that polybrominated diphenyl ethers can be quantified accurately by using compound-independent calibration under optimized conditions for GC-ICP-MS....

One third of all chemicals used in high quantity in Europe is not respecting EU safety laws
( 14.10.2018 )
According to a three year investigation of the efficacy of REACH regulation by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), companies are breaking EU law by marketing hundreds of potential...

Single particle detection by ICP-MS: From particles via ion clouds to signals
( 17.09.2018 )
Researchers from the Universities of Münster and Antwerp have studied the ICP-MS signal generation from gold nanoparticles of different size both experimentally and by plasma modeling. ...

Mercury isotope ratio measurements of methylmercury in fish
( 09.09.2018 )
A method for mercury isotope ratio measurements for methylmercury in fish based on HPLC combined with MC-ICP-MS has been developed by UK-based scientists from LGC....

South Korea: 13 gadolinium contrast agents banned until year-end
( 29.08.2018 )
The South Korea government said it would ban 13 linear gadolinium contrast agents used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests until the end of this year....

EU seeking to restrict chemicals in tattoo inks over cancer fears
( 20.08.2018 )
The EU’s chemicals watchdog has concluded that substances found in tattooing inks may pose a cancer risk, although there is no direct evidence, and member states will vote in 2019 on restrictions for ...

FDA Invites Comment on New Exposure Limits for Cadmium
( 31.07.2018 )
FDA has issued a call for comments on a proposed change to the International Council for Harmonization (ICH) Q3D Elemental Impurities guidance document that corrects a calculation error in the permiss...



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