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In accordance with section 1 of Annex IX, the screening study for reproductive toxicity (section 8.7.1.), the pre-natal developmental toxicity study (section 8.7.2.), and the two-generation reproductive toxicity study (section 8.7.3.), do not need to be conducted as corn steep liquor (CSL) consists of all-natural, water soluble components (crude proteins, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, reducing sugars, organic acids, enzymes and other elemental nutrients), that have been extracted by soaking corn in water, along with a very small amount of sulfurous acid (<0.01%). CSL has a long history of safe use as an added source of nutrition in animal feed, in fermentation processes, and in antibiotic production. On this basis, CSL is not expected to cause adverse toxic effects to humans. This expectation is supported by the demonstrated lack of developmental toxicity/teratogenicity of lactic acid - a major component of CSL.

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