Panel to Decide if Acrylamide has Reproductive, Developmental Risks
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS),
one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will hold an expert
panel meeting May 17-19, in Alexandria, Virginia, to review the
scientific evidence regarding the potential reproductive and/or
developmental toxicity associated with exposure to acrylamide.
Composed of independent scientists selected for their scientific
expertise in reproductive and developmental toxicology, as well
as other areas of science relevant for acrylamide, the expert panel
will determine if exposure to acrylamide is a hazard for reproductive
health or the development of children. The panel will also identify
data gaps and research needs.
Acrylamide was selected for evaluation because of the recent discovery
that many people are exposed to small amounts of acrylamide through
its presence in some starchy foods cooked at high temperatures,
such as French fries and potato chips.
Acrylamide is also used in the production of polyacrylamide
used in water treatment, pulp and paper production, mineral processing,
and scientific research. Polyacrylamide is also used in the synthesis
of dyes, adhesives, contact lenses, soil conditioners, cosmetics
and skin creams, food packaging materials, and permanent press fabrics.
Acrylamide is known to be a health hazard. It has been shown to
induce neurotoxicity in highly exposed occupational groups. In addition,
laboratory studies in animals have shown that exposure to acrylamide
can induce cancer, genetic damage in sperm, and adverse effects
on reproduction and development.
The meeting will be conducted by the Center for the Evaluation
of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR), established by the NIEHS'
National Toxicology Program. CERHR selects chemicals for evaluation
based upon several factors including production volume, extent of
human exposure, public concern, and published evidence of reproductive
or developmental toxicity.
This meeting is open to the public and attendance is limited only
by the available meeting room space at the Holiday Inn Old Town,
480 King Street, Alexandria.
Questions and public comments should be directed to Dr. Michael
Shelby, CERHR Director, National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences, 919-541-3455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information: http://cerhr.niehs.nih.gov.