California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is preparing hazard identification materials for the members of the state’s Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) to aid in its consideration of nitrite in combination with amines or amides in advance of an upcoming meeting at CAL/EPA headquarters in Sacramento.
The hazard identification documents will inform the CIC’s consideration of the substance for listing as a carcinogen under Proposition 65, when it meets on November 15.
It will also consider whether a subset of chemicals in this class meet the criteria for a cancer listing.
Nitrite may occur in combination with amines or amides in occupational settings, such as those associated with the production of azo dyes. These substances also may appear in cured or processed meats.
In 2014, OEHHA proposed to add the substances in this group to the Prop 65 via the authoritative bodies listing mechanism in 2014. But in May 2015 it determined that the regulatory criteria were not met for the broad class of chemicals, and referred the substances to the CIC for consideration.
The committee serves as the state’s qualified experts for determining whether a chemical has been clearly shown – through scientifically valid testing to cause cancer.
OEHHA is accepting public comments on the hazard identification documents through the close of business of October 10, 2016.