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Alkalised cocoa powder is a UVCB that is the result of a manufacturing process including the alkalisation of cocoa powder with potassium carbonate and/or sodium hydroxide. Neither alkalisation substance is present in the final product. Since the above alkalization step is taking place prior to the roasting step, ACP is considered to be the same as the EINECS-listed substance "Cocoa, powder, alkalized" with EC number 305-748-4 and CAS number 95009-22-6.

Table 2 of the CSR shows a comparison of the constituents of alkalised cocoa powder and cocoa powder and the compositions are essentially similar.

Based on the similar structures and compositions, as well as the rapid biodegradability discussed in this section, cocoa powder (EC 283 -480 -6 and CAS 84649 -99 -0) is an appropriate read-across substance for alkalised cocoa powder. Therefore, the data presented in the IUCLID dossier for cocoa powder can be used to directly read-across to alkalised cocoa powder (EC 305 -748 -4 and CAS 95009 -22 -6) with respect to environmental fate properties.

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