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Toxicity to birds

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A low potential for secondary poisoning is expected.

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A scarce number of tests with terrestrial organisms are available for the category members of the Short Chain Alcohol Esters.

As the category members of the Short Chain Alcohol Esters (SCAE) are readily biodegradable, ready degradation into metabolites is postulated.

Fatty acids have been shown to have a low potential for bioaccumulation when considering biotransformation and the omnipresent activity of the enzyme carboxylesterase. Fatty acids and alcohols are the main metabolites of fatty acid esters. These components occur in soils naturally and are part of physiological pathways and can be used as energy source. The enzyme carboxylesterase is omnipresent in the environment. Bioaccumulation in organisms birds feed on are not expected.

Furthermore, low toxicity to rats (repeated dose oral, NOAEL(90d) = 6000 mg/kg bw/d) was found.

As a result, a low potential for secondary poisoning of birds is expected. Further testing should not be conducted due to animal welfare.