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First non-animal allergy testing strategy approved

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) has approved the world’s first toxicology testing strategy without animal testing. This can now be used to test for skin sensitisation and any products that pass can be placed on the market.

The strategy, which consists of three ‘alternative’ methods, was jointly developed and validated over ten years by BASF and Givaudan, in partnership with various companies and scientific institutions, notably IIVS. It is claimed to have better predictivity for human allergy risks than traditional animal testing.

Givaudan completes Ungerer buy

Givaudan, the world’s largest flavours and fragrances (F&F) house, today completed the acquisition of Ungerer & Company, which was originally announced in November 2019. Terms were not disclosed, but Givaudan said that the newly acquired business would have represented about $250 million of incremental sales in 2019 on a pro forma basis.

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