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No toxicological effects on microorganisms are expected up to the water solubility limit.

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One study investigating the biodegradation of Fatty acids, C18-unsaturated, trimers (CAS No. 68937-90-6) is available. The CO2 evolution test followed OECD guideline 301B using domestic activated sludge as inoculum. This test also contained of a toxicity control. The toxicity control replicates each contained 1911 mL of mineral medium, 20 mL of microbial inoculum, the appropriate weight of test item and 69 mL reference material (sodium benzoate). This corresponds to 20 mg DOC/L for the test item and 20 mg DOC/L for sodium benzoate. Thus, the absolute amount of DOC in the toxicity control vessels with 2 L capacity amounts to 80 mg DOC/L.

With 3.67 being the conversion factor (44/12) for carbon to carbon dioxide, the % degradation can be calculated with the following formula: % degradation = (mg CO2 produced) x 100/(mg TOC added x 3.67). Based on this, the toxicity control attained 31.1 % degradation after 28 days of incubation. Thus, in accordance with the OECD Guideline the test substance can be assumed to be non-inhibitory to microbial organisms.

This result is supported by a study investigating the toxicity to microorganisms of Fatty acids, C18-unsaturated, dimers (CAS No. 61788-89-4), a structurally similar substance, which was used as read across in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006, Annex XI, 1.5. grouping of substance and read across approach. The growth inhibition of Pseudomonas putida was recorded in a GLP study equivalent to ISO 10712 (Sewell, 1997). Fatty acids, C18-unsaturated, dimers (CAS No. 61788-89-4) showed no effect on the growth of P. putida at the tested WAF loading rates after 16 hours (EL10/ EL50 > 10000 mg/L, NOELR ≥ 10000 mg/L). Thus it can be concluded that there are no effects up to 10000 mg/L (nominal).

In summary, no toxicity to microorganisms is expected up to 10000 mg/L (nominal) for Fatty acids, C18-unsaturated, trimers (CAS No. 68937-90-6).