Scientists pan non-animal endocrine testing plan

In-vitro approach demanded by anti-vivisection group "unreliable", says EU toxicology committee

Senior EU scientists have rubbished a call for potentially endocrine-disrupting chemicals to be assessed without animal tests. Responding to a manifesto by anti-vivisection group Buav, the scientific committee on health and environment risks (Scher) said its approach would generate "only very limited information on...possible adverse effects". "The in-vitro-only testing approach by Buav will not provide reliable data," it concluded. * Meanwhile, the European food safety authority (Efsa) has reported declining concentrations of certain types of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in food. See Scher opinion on Buav manifesto and Efsa opinion on PCBs.

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