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Genotoxicity and cytotoxicity of phenylacetic acid was determined by Heck JD (1990) in a battery of in vitro tests on food flavouring ingredients. A salmonella mutagenesis assay (comparable to an Ames test), an unscheduled DNA synthesis assay and a mouse lymphoma forward mutation assay all proved negative in the presence of phenylacetic acid.

Endpoint Conclusion: No adverse effect observed (negative)

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