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European Council agrees to allow member states to restrict or ban cultivation of GMOs

9:31 AM MDT | June 12, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Council has reached agreement that provides for a two-step procedure enabling European member states to restrict or even ban the cultivation of authorized genetically-modified organisms (GMO) on their respective territories, the European...


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Italian court nullifies Invista's barrier patent, says M&G

M&G Chemicals (Luxembourg) says that an Italian court has confirmed a ruling against Invista, declaring void the Italian counterpart of its patent for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) barrier resin for bottles....

ECHA adds several substances to registry of intentions under Reach

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that four new intentions and five new submissions for harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) have been added to the public registry of intentions (RoI). The aim of the RoI is to make interested...

EFSA establishes daily intake limits for sunset yellow food additive

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says that is has established an acceptable daily intake (ADI) of four milligrams per kilogram body weight per day for the food color sunset yellow FCF (E 110). Sunset yellow is an azo dye authorized as a...

Archroma publishes ZDHC MRSL–compliant formulation list

Archroma (Reinach, Switzerland), the former textile, paper, and emulsions business of Clariant, has published its first formulation list of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Manufacturers Restricted Substance List (MRSL)–compliant colorants...

EU Commission investigates extending antidumping duties on US biodiesel for five years

The European Commission has begun investigating potentially renewing antidumping duties on biodiesel imports originating in the United States, according to the European Union's Official Journal. The investigation is in response to a request lodged by industry...

European court cuts Sasol wax cartel fine

The European General Court (Luxembourg) has more than halved the €318.2-million ($433.5 million) fine imposed on Sasol in 2008 for participating in a price-fixing cartel for paraffin wax. The fine was cut to €150 million after judges decided that...

Europe revokes Invista PET barrier resin patent following dispute with M&G

The European Patent Office's (EPO; Munich) appeals board revoked on 8 July Invista's patent related to polythethylene terephthalate (PET) barrier resin for bottles, according to M&G Chemicals, part of the Mossi Ghisolfi Group (Tortona, Italy). As a...

VCI's Kley: Germany's chemical industry in favor of TTIP

The German chemical industry is in favor of the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States, says Karl-Ludwig Kley, president of German chemical trade association VCI...

Congress passes CFATS Reauthorization Act

Yesterday evening, the House of Representatives, with bipartisan support, passed the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014. This extends CFATS standards for an additional three years as well as...

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