The U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) announced that it is taking steps to address emissions of ethylene oxide, including proposing changes to certain air emissions standards that will impact ethylene oxide.
The EPA issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule making that focuses on the operations of ethylene oxide commercial sterilizers and developing information on the concentrations of ethylene oxide in the air. Ethylene oxide is also going through registration review at EPA, and the next step of the registration review process will be the development of a draft risk assessment, which will be available for public comment. EPA will then prepare a proposed registration review decision for whether or not to renew the registration of ethylene oxide.
ASTA is also working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to look at ethylene oxide’s role in sterilization of spices, and with member companies to provide education to FDA officials on the role of ethylene oxide in control of Salmonella in spices. For this webinar you will hear from Ed Ruckert of McDermott Will & Emery on ASTA’s work.
Part I of the ASTA Webinar series: Update on Ethylene Oxide
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About the Speaker:
Ed advises clients on numerous food safety and marketing matters domestically and internationally, including the registration and re-registration of chemicals in the United States and obtaining and maintaining the listing of crop protection products in the European Union. He helps clients develop compliant product labeling including claims for foods and agricultural chemicals, and advises on securing appropriate chemical residue tolerances (maximum residue levels) in foods. He also has been involved in handling a number of food safety issues, including for example food recalls, and other enforcement matters. Ed has worked with ASTA for many years, specifically in regards to pesticide related issues including ethylene oxide.