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One key (OECD 453) carcinogenicity study was identified that evaluated multiple unrefined/acid treated oils. Of the 94 oils tested in mice, there were 3 unrefined paraffinic distillates and 3 unrefined naphthenic distillates. All of these unrefined oils were carcinogenic.

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Justification for classification or non-classification

Based on the study results, and the EU harmonised classification, unrefined/acid treated oils are classified as Carcinogenic Category 1A (H350), according to the EU CLP Regulation (EC No.1272/2008).

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Chasey and McKee (1993) evaluated ninety-four oils in the mouse epidermal cancer bioassay in order to understand the effects of various types of refining processes on carcinogenic potential. These studies were conducted over a 15 year period. In these studies, male C3H mice, about 6-10 weeks of age, were obtained from either Jackson Laboratories (C3H/HeJ) or Charles River Laboratories (C3H / HeNCrlBR). These mice were randomly distributed into test groups of 40 or 50 animals. In early studies, mice were housed five per cage in suspended wire-mesh cages. In later studies, they were housed singly, in the same type of cages. The hair in the interscapular area was clipped once weekly to facilitate test material application. The test materials were applied by automatic pipette in either 37.5 microlitre aliquots twice a week or 25 microlitre aliquots three times a week. In early studies, treatment continued until the animals died spontaneously or were sacrificed in a moribund state. In later studies, surviving mice were sacrificed either after 24 months of treatment or at the time at which grossly diagnosed squamous cell carcinomas developed.  Animals were examined twice weekly for the appearance of dermal tumours.  Each tumour in the treatment area was examined carefully and classified grossly.  All grossly diagnosed tumours were examined microscopically after study termination. Of the 94 oils tested, there were 3 unrefined paraffinic distillates and 3 unrefined naphthenic distillates. All of these unrefined oils were carcinogenic.

Additional data supports that unrefined/acid treated oils should be classified as Carcinogenic, Category 1A, H350 (API, 1989; ARCO, 1985c,d,e; ARCO, 1986a,b,c,d; Blackburn et al., 1984, 1986; CONCAWE, 1988, 1994; Horton and Denman, 1955; IARC, 1984; Kane et al., 1984; McKee et al., 1989; Roy et al., 1988). This information is presented in the dossier.