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August 21, 2009 16:57 ET

The Government of Canada Completes Assessments for an Additional 19 Substances Included in the Chemicals Management Plan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2009) - Backgrounder on Batch 5 of the Chemicals Management Plan (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/_2009/2009_138bk1-eng.php)

FAQs on Batch 5 of the Chemicals Management Plan (http://www.chemicalsubstanceschimiques.gc.ca/challenge-defi/batch-lot-5/faq_e.html)

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister, today announced the release of the final screening assessments and proposed risk management approaches for 19 substances assessed in Batch 5 of the Chemicals Management Plan.

"After extensive research and consultation, Health Canada has concluded that two of the substances in Batch 5 may pose a risk to human health," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Protecting the health and safety of Canadians is our first priority and we are recommending new action so that Canadians' exposure to these substances is further minimized."

"The Government of Canada is continuing to take action to protect Canadians and our environment from the harmful effects of chemical substances," added Minister Prentice. "These scientific assessments and proposed risk management measures are important steps in ensuring chemical substances are, and will continue to be, managed safely and responsibly in Canada."

The Government of Canada is recommending that acrylamide and (Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate), also known as TCEP, be added to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).

The majority of acrylamide is used in the manufacture of various polymers, which in turn are used in ore processing, food packaging, plastic products and in molecular biology laboratory applications. Minute levels of acrylamide also forms when certain foods are cooked at high temperatures, such as when making French fries or potato chips.

Health Canada is implementing a three-pronged risk management approach to reduce Canadians' exposure to acrylamide from food sources. The approach includes pressing the food industry to develop and implement acrylamide reduction strategies for use by food processors and the food service industry; regularly updating consumption advice; and coordinating risk management efforts for acrylamide in food with key international food regulatory partners.

The Government is also proposing to add acrylamide to the Health Canada Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist and to the Environmental Emergencies Regulations of CEPA 1999.

TCEP can be found in polymers that may be used in furniture, electronics, building (e.g., roofing insulation) and textile industries (e.g., back-coatings for carpets and upholstery) and in the manufacture of cars.

The Government of Canada is recommending a prohibition relating to the presence of TCEP in products and materials. Additional engagement with stakeholders, including the 60-day comment period, will help determine the extent of the prohibition required to most effectively minimize exposure to Canadians.

Notices containing summaries of the final screening assessment reports were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on August 21, 2009. The complete final screening assessments as well as proposed risk management approaches for Batch 5 substances can be found on the Chemicals Management Plan website (http://www.chemicalsubstanceschimiques.gc.ca/challenge-defi/batch-lot_5_e.html). The Government's screening assessments are final; however, stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments on the recommended risk management options until October 21, 2009.

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