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Effects on fertility

Description of key information

The reproductive toxicity of the test item ferbam was investigated in a non-guideline study in rats. In this study, male rats were treated for at least 13 weeks before mating with untreated females, or virgin females were treated for at least 14 days and then mated with untreated males. One-half of the females in each group was sacrificed by CO2 on gestational Day 13, and the uterus and its contents were examined. The remaining animals were allowed to deliver and the pups were examined at delivery, on Day 4, and on Day 21.

In this study, signs of toxicity included mortality observed in male rats exposed to 109 mg/kg/d, and reduced feed consumption in both male and female rats which may be caused by decreased palatability.

No treatment-related effects on fertility (confirmed pregnancies/sperm positive females), gestation (confirmed pregnancies with viable fetuses/confirmed pregnancies), viability of pups (pups alive at day 21/pups alive at day 4) and lactation (pups alive at day 21/pups alive at day 4) were observed in male and female rats. Consequently, no adverse effect on reproduction was observed for the test item ferbam in male rats up to the highest examined dose of 109 mg/kg/d, and in female rats up to the highest examined dose of 51 mg/kg/d.

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Endpoint:
one-generation reproductive toxicity
Type of information:
experimental study
Adequacy of study:
key study
Study period:
not specified
Reliability:
2 (reliable with restrictions)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
study well documented, meets generally accepted scientific principles, acceptable for assessment
Reason / purpose:
reference to same study
Reason / purpose:
reference to same study
Reason / purpose:
reference to same study
Qualifier:
no guideline followed
Principles of method if other than guideline:
Contains elements of OECD Guideline 415, but either male or female rats were dosed prior to mating.
GLP compliance:
not specified
Limit test:
no
Species:
rat
Strain:
other: CD
Sex:
male/female
Details on test animals and environmental conditions:
TEST ANIMALS
- Source: Charles River Breeding Laboratories, North Wilmington, Massachusetts.
- Fasting period before study:
- Housing: Animals were housed in stainless steel cages with wire screen bottoms or plastic cages with hardwood chip bedding. Six rats were housed per cage during acclimation, two rats per cage before mating and during gestation, and one per cage prior to delivery and thereafter.
- Diet (e.g. ad libitum): free access
- Water (e.g. ad libitum): free access
- Acclimation period: at least one week

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
- Temperature (°C): 24 + 2°C
- Humidity (%): 50 + 10% relative humidity
- Photoperiod (hrs dark / hrs light): 7 AM-7 PM photoperiod
Route of administration:
oral: feed
Vehicle:
unchanged (no vehicle)
Details on exposure:
The experimental diets were prepared in a tumbling feed mixer every 1-2 weeks from a stock concentration of the fungicides and stored in sealed containers. The diets were stable under these conditions, and the ferbam diet showed no increase in thiram content during this time.
Details on mating procedure:
- Impregnation procedure: cohoused
- If cohoused:
- M/F ratio per cage: one or two female rats with a proven male breeder
- Proof of pregnancy: sperm in vaginal smear referred to as day 0 of pregnancy
Analytical verification of doses or concentrations:
not specified
Duration of treatment / exposure:
Male rats were treated for at least 13 weeks before mating with untreated females.
Virgin females were treated for at least 14 days, and then mated with untreated males.
Details on study schedule:
Male rats were treated for at least 13 weeks before mating with untreated females. Males were exposed to females until sperm were found in vaginal smears of two females or until five receptive females had been exposed. One-half of the females in each group was sacrificed by CO2 on gestational Day 13, and the uterus and its contents were examined. The remaining animals were allowed to deliver and the pups were examined at delivery, on Day 4, and on Day 21.
Virgin females were divided into groups of 20 animals each, treated for at least 14 days, and then mated with untreated males. After mating, all females were fed the control diet. One-half of the females in each group was sacrificed by CO2 on gestational Day 13 and the uterus and its contents were examined. Pups of the remaining animals were examined at birth and on postpartum Days 4 and 21.
Dose / conc.:
23 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
Remarks:
male rats, average daily dose during the treatment period (0.05% ferbam in diet)
Dose / conc.:
66 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
Remarks:
male rats, average daily dose during the treatment period (0.12% ferbam in diet)
Dose / conc.:
109 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
Remarks:
male rats, average daily dose during the treatment period (0.25% ferbam in diet)
Dose / conc.:
15 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
Remarks:
female rats, average daily dose during the treatment period (0.04% ferbam in diet)
Dose / conc.:
51 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
Remarks:
female rats, average daily dose during the treatment period (0.2% ferbam in diet)
No. of animals per sex per dose:
20 animals per sex per dose
Control animals:
yes, plain diet
Positive control:
not specified
Parental animals: Observations and examinations:
mortality, daily food consumption, body weights; indices of fertility, gestation, viability and lactation
Sperm parameters (parental animals):
not specified
Litter observations:
viability at birth, at day 4 and at day 21
Postmortem examinations (parental animals):
not examined
Postmortem examinations (offspring):
not examined
Statistics:
The Fisher exact probability test (Siegel, 1956) and a two-sample rank test (Mann and Whitney, 1947) were used to evaluate the data. Values were reported as the means ± SE or the means. The level of significance was chosen as p < 0.05.
Reproductive indices:
Fertility (confirmed pregnancies/sperm positive females x 100), gestation (confirmed pregnancies with viable fetuses/confirmed pregnancies x 100), viability (pups alive at Day 4/pups alive at birth x 100), and lactation (pups alive at Day 21/pups alive at Day 4 x 100) indices were used to summarize the observations on reproduction.
Offspring viability indices:
viability (pups alive at Day 4/pups alive at birth x 100), and lactation (pups alive at Day 21/pups alive at Day 4 x 100) indices
Clinical signs:
effects observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence and severity):
Male rats: Six of 24 rats fed the 0.25 % ferbam diet died between the second and sixth week of treatment.

Female rats: no rat died during the treatment.
Mortality:
mortality observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence):
Male rats: six of 24 rats fed the 0.25 % ferbam diet died between the second and sixth week of treatment.

Female rats: no rat died during the treatment.
Body weight and weight changes:
effects observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence and severity):
Male rats: the average body weights of the rats given 23, 66, and 109 mg/kg ferbam were 93, 85, and 70 % of the control value (488 g), respectively, at the end of 13 weeks.

Female rats: the average body weights of rats given an average daily dose of 15, or 51 mg/kg of ferbam were 93 and 85 % of the control value (289 g) at the end of 2 weeks.
Food consumption and compound intake (if feeding study):
effects observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence and severity):
Male rats: the average daily food consumption for rats given 23, 66, and 109 mg/kg ferbam was 91, 83, and 64 % of the control value (22 g/rat).

Female rats: the average daily food consumption during 14 days treatment was 85 and 51 % of control value (16 g/rat).
Food efficiency:
not examined
Ophthalmological findings:
not examined
Haematological findings:
not examined
Clinical biochemistry findings:
not examined
Urinalysis findings:
not examined
Behaviour (functional findings):
not examined
Immunological findings:
not examined
Organ weight findings including organ / body weight ratios:
not examined
Histopathological findings: non-neoplastic:
not examined
Histopathological findings: neoplastic:
not examined
Reproductive function: oestrous cycle:
no effects observed
Reproductive function: sperm measures:
not specified
Reproductive performance:
no effects observed
Description (incidence and severity):
Male rats: the indices of fertility, gestation, viability, and lactation for untreated females mated with fnales receiving 0.05, 0.12, or 0.25 % ferbam diets were not significantly different from control values.

Female rats: the indices of fertility, gestation, viability, and lactation for rats given 0.04 or 0.2 % ferbam diets were not significantly different from control indices.
Dose descriptor:
dose level: no effects observed
Effect level:
66 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
Based on:
test mat.
Sex:
male
Basis for effect level:
mortality
Dose descriptor:
dose level: no effects observed
Effect level:
51 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
Based on:
test mat.
Sex:
female
Remarks on result:
other: highest tested dose, no adverse effects observed
Critical effects observed:
not specified
Clinical signs:
no effects observed
Description (incidence and severity):
Treatment of male rats: the indices of fertility (confirmed pregnancies/sperm positive females x 100), gestation (confirmed pregnancies with viable fetuses/confirmed pregnancies x 100), viability (pups alive at Day 4/pups alive at birth x 100), and lactation (pups alive at Day 21/pups alive at Day 4 x 100) for untreated females mated with males receiving 0.05, 0.12, or 0.25 % ferbam diets were not significantly different from control values.
Treatment of female rats: the indices of fertility, gestation, viability, and lactation for rats given 0.04 or 0.2 % ferbam diets were not significantly different from control indices.
Mortality / viability:
no mortality observed
Description (incidence and severity):
The indices of fertility (confirmed pregnancies/sperm positive females x 100), gestation (confirmed pregnancies with viable fetuses/confirmed pregnancies x 100), viability (pups alive at Day 4/pups alive at birth x 100), and lactation (pups alive at Day 21/pups alive at Day 4 x 100) for untreated females mated with males receiving 0.05, 0.12, or 0.25 % ferbam diets were not significantly different from control values.
Treatment of female rats: the indices of fertility, gestation, viability, and lactation for rats given 0.04 or 0.2 % ferbam diets were not significantly different from control indices.
Body weight and weight changes:
not examined
Food consumption and compound intake (if feeding study):
not examined
Ophthalmological findings:
not examined
Haematological findings:
not examined
Clinical biochemistry findings:
not examined
Urinalysis findings:
not examined
Sexual maturation:
not examined
Organ weight findings including organ / body weight ratios:
not examined
Gross pathological findings:
not specified
Behaviour (functional findings):
not examined
Developmental immunotoxicity:
not examined
Dose descriptor:
dose level: no effects observed
Generation:
F1
Effect level:
109 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
Based on:
test mat.
Sex:
male
Basis for effect level:
other: highest dose tested in male rats, no adverse effects on reproduction reported
Dose descriptor:
dose level: no effects observed
Generation:
F1
Effect level:
51 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
Based on:
test mat.
Sex:
female
Basis for effect level:
other: highest dose tested in female rats, no adverse effects on reproduction reported
Critical effects observed:
not specified
Reproductive effects observed:
no
Conclusions:
In ferbam-treated parental male rats exposed to 109 mg/kg/d, observed signs of toxicity included mortality. Ferbam did not affect reproduction in males treated with doses of 109 mg/kg/d. Reproduction in females was not affected by treatment with ferbam at doses of 51 mg/kg/d, and no female rat died following treament with up to 51 mg/kg/d.
Executive summary:

The reproductive toxicity of the test item ferbam was investigated in a non-guideline study in rats. In this study, male rats were treated for at least 13 weeks before mating with untreated females, or virgin females were treated for at least 14 days and then mated with untreated males. One-half of the females in each group was sacrificed by CO2 on gestational Day 13, and the uterus and its contents were examined. The remaining animals were allowed to deliver and the pups were examined at delivery, on Day 4, and on Day 21.

In this study, signs of toxicity included mortality observed in male rats exposed to 109 mg/kg/d, and reduced feed consumption in both male and female rats which may be caused by decreased palatability.

No treatment-related effects on fertility (confirmed pregnancies/sperm positive females), gestation (confirmed pregnancies with viable fetuses/confirmed pregnancies), viability of pups (pups alive at day 21/pups alive at day 4) and lactation (pups alive at day 21/pups alive at day 4) were observed in male and female rats. Consequently, no adverse effect on reproduction was observed for the test item ferbam in male rats up to the highest examined dose of 109 mg/kg/d, and in female rats up to the highest examined dose of 51 mg/kg/d. Regulatory dose descripors such as NOAEL and LOAEL were not derived in this study.

Effect on fertility: via oral route
Endpoint conclusion:
adverse effect observed
Effect on fertility: via inhalation route
Endpoint conclusion:
no study available
Effect on fertility: via dermal route
Endpoint conclusion:
no study available

Effects on developmental toxicity

Description of key information

The teratogenicity of the test item ferbam was studied in rats in a study comparable to OECD TG 414 (1981). Ferbam was administered to pregnant rats via oral gavage on gestation days d6 - d15.

Rats died at the 114-mg/kg dose level but 75 % of the dams survived. The total change in body weight during gestation was reduced by ferbam. There was a reduction in litter size and an increased incidence of resorptions. In addition, fetal body weight was decreased by ferbam

The incidences of anomalies (fetuses affected/fetuses inspected) in fetuses from dams given 114 mg/kg ferbam and the corresponding control group were: unossified sternabrae (20/31 vs 9/76), slightly collapsed cranium (7/31 vs 0/76), malformed cranium (2/35 vs 0/90), hydrocephalus (2/35 vs 0/90), hematoma (2/73 vs 0/180), and cleft palate (1/35 vs 0/90).

The authors conclude that most anomalies produced by treatment with ferbam, however, were probably due to depression of growth, since there was no pattern of well-defined anomalies that would suggest a specific teratogenic effect. This interpretation is supported by the fact that dose of ferbam that caused overt toxicity in the dams was required to produce anomalies in rat fetuses.

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Endpoint:
developmental toxicity
Type of information:
experimental study
Adequacy of study:
key study
Study period:
not specified
Reliability:
2 (reliable with restrictions)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
guideline study with acceptable restrictions
Remarks:
reporting deficiences and shortcomings in selection of doses (only two doses, ten-fold dilution step)
Reason / purpose:
reference to same study
Reason / purpose:
reference to same study
Reason / purpose:
reference to same study
Qualifier:
equivalent or similar to
Guideline:
OECD Guideline 414 (Prenatal Developmental Toxicity Study)
Version / remarks:
1981, conducted prior to adoption of the OECD TG
Deviations:
yes
Remarks:
only two dose groups
GLP compliance:
not specified
Limit test:
no
Species:
rat
Strain:
other: Charles River CD rats
Details on test animals and environmental conditions:
TEST ANIMALS
- Source: Charles River Breeding Laboratories, North Wilmington, Massachusetts.
- Housing: Animals were housed in stainless steel cages with wire screen bottoms or plastic cages with hardwood chip bedding. Six rats were housed per cage during acclimation, two rats per cage before mating and during gestation, and one per cage prior to delivery and thereafter.
- Diet (e.g. ad libitum): free access
- Water (e.g. ad libitum): free access
- Acclimation period: at least one week

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
- Temperature (°C): 24 + 2°C
- Humidity (%): 50 + 10% relative humidity
- Photoperiod (hrs dark / hrs light): 7 AM-7 PM photoperiod
Route of administration:
oral: gavage
Vehicle:
CMC (carboxymethyl cellulose)
Details on exposure:
VEHICLE
- Amount of vehicle (if gavage): 0.5% carboxylmethyl cellulose
Analytical verification of doses or concentrations:
not specified
Details on mating procedure:
- Impregnation procedure: cohoused
- If cohoused:
- M/F ratio per cage: one or two female rats with a proven male breeder
- Proof of pregnancy: sperm in vaginal smear referred to as day 0 of pregnancy
Duration of treatment / exposure:
Rats were treated on Days 6-15 of gestation.
Frequency of treatment:
Rats were treated on Days 6-15 of gestation.
Duration of test:
Pregnant rats treated during organogenesis were sacrificed by CO2 on gestational Day 20.
Dose / conc.:
11 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
Dose / conc.:
114 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
No. of animals per sex per dose:
control: 17 animals; 11 mg/kg*d: 18 animals; 114 mg/kg*d: 15 animals
Control animals:
yes, concurrent vehicle
Maternal examinations:
Gestation body weight change
Ovaries and uterine content:
The uterine content was examined after termination: Yes
Examinations included:
- Number of implantations: Yes
- Number of resorptions: Yes
Fetal examinations:
- External examinations: Yes: [all per litter]
- Soft tissue examinations: Yes: [half per litter]
- Skeletal examinations: Yes: [half per litter]
- Head examinations: No data
Statistics:
The Fisher exact probability test (Siegel, 1956) and a two-sample rank test (Mann and Whitney, 1947) were used to evaluate the data. Values were reported as the means ± SE or the means. The level of significance was chosen as p < 0.05.
Indices:
Gestation (confirmed pregnancies with viable fetuses/confirmed pregnancies x 100) indices were used to summarize the observations on reproduction.
Historical control data:
not specified
Mortality:
mortality observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence):
Rats died at the 114-mg/kg dose level but 75 % of the dams survived.
Body weight and weight changes:
effects observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence and severity):
The total change in body weight during gestation was reduced by ferbam (control: 60 % body weight change; 11 mg ferbam/kg bw: 49% body weight change; 114 mg ferbam/kg bw: 20 % body weight change) and reached significance at 114 mg/kg.
Food consumption and compound intake (if feeding study):
not examined
Food efficiency:
not examined
Ophthalmological findings:
not examined
Haematological findings:
not examined
Clinical biochemistry findings:
not examined
Urinalysis findings:
not examined
Behaviour (functional findings):
not examined
Immunological findings:
not examined
Organ weight findings including organ / body weight ratios:
not examined
Gross pathological findings:
not examined
Neuropathological findings:
not examined
Histopathological findings: non-neoplastic:
not examined
Histopathological findings: neoplastic:
not examined
Other effects:
not examined
Number of abortions:
not specified
Total litter losses by resorption:
effects observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence and severity):
The incidence of resorptions (control: 3 +/- 1 %; 11 mg ferbam/kg bw: 7 +/- 4 %; 114 mg ferbam/kg bw: 21 +/- 11 %) was increased but did not reach significance (see table).
Early or late resorptions:
not specified
Dead fetuses:
not specified
Changes in pregnancy duration:
not specified
Changes in number of pregnant:
not specified
Dose descriptor:
NOAEL
Remarks on result:
not determinable because of methodological limitations
Remarks:
The design of this study does not allow the derivation of a NOAEL due to the dose selection. There was a ten-fold difference between the doses applied.
Key result
Dose descriptor:
conc. level: induction of significant effects
Effect level:
114 mg/kg bw/day
Based on:
test mat.
Basis for effect level:
body weight and weight gain
other: decrease in number of fetuses per dam
Abnormalities:
no effects observed
Fetal body weight changes:
effects observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence and severity):
Fetal body weight was decreased by ferbam (see table).
Reduction in number of live offspring:
not specified
Changes in sex ratio:
not specified
Changes in litter size and weights:
effects observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence and severity):
The authors mention that some dams had small litters, and there was a significantly decreased number of fetuses per dam in the high dose group (see table).
Changes in postnatal survival:
not examined
External malformations:
effects observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence and severity):
The incidences of anomalies (fetuses affected/fetuses inspected) in fetuses from dams given 114 mg/kg ferbam and the corresponding control group were: slightly collapsed cranium (7/31 vs 0/76), malformed cranium (2/35 vs 0/90), hydrocephalus (2/35 vs 0/90), and cleft palate (1/35 vs 0/90).
Skeletal malformations:
effects observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence and severity):
The incidences of anomalies (fetuses affected/fetuses inspected) in fetuses from dams given 114 mg/kg ferbam and the corresponding control group were: unossified sternabrae (20/31 vs 9/76), slightly collapsed cranium (7/31 vs 0/76), malformed cranium (2/35 vs 0/90), hydrocephalus (2/35 vs 0/90), hematoma (2/73 vs 0/180), and cleft palate (1/35 vs 0/90).
Visceral malformations:
not specified
Other effects:
effects observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence and severity):
The incidences of anomalies (fetuses affected/fetuses inspected) in fetuses from dams given 114 mg/kg ferbam and the corresponding control group were: hematoma (2/73 vs 0/180).
Key result
Dose descriptor:
dose level: increased incidence of anomalies
Effect level:
114 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
Based on:
test mat.
Sex:
male/female
Basis for effect level:
external malformations
skeletal malformations
Dose descriptor:
NOAEL
Remarks on result:
not determinable because of methodological limitations
Remarks:
The design of this study does not allow the derivation of a NOAEL due to the dose selection. There was a ten-fold difference between the doses applied.
Abnormalities:
effects observed, treatment-related
Localisation:
external: cranium
skeletal: skull
skeletal: sternum
Description (incidence and severity):
The incidences of anomalies (fetuses affected/fetuses inspected) in fetuses from dams given 114 mg/kg ferbam and the corresponding control group were: unossified sternabrae (20/31 vs 9/76), slightly collapsed cranium (7/31 vs 0/76), malformed cranium (2/35 vs 0/90), hydrocephalus (2/35 vs 0/90), hematoma (2/73 vs 0/180), and cleft palate (1/35 vs 0/90).
Developmental effects observed:
yes
Lowest effective dose / conc.:
114 mg/kg bw/day (actual dose received)
Treatment related:
yes
Relation to maternal toxicity:
developmental effects as a secondary non-specific consequence of maternal toxicity effects
Dose response relationship:
yes
Relevant for humans:
yes

Table. Effect of ferbam administered to rats during organogenesis.

 Ferbam dose

(mg/kg)

 Total rats

dosed

 No. of dams

dosed

 No. of dams

alive

 Gestation body

weight change (%)

 Implants

(No. per dam)

 Fetuses

(No. per dam)

 Resorptions

(%)

 Fetal body weight

(g)

 0  17 13  13  60  14.3 +/- 0.5  13.9 +/- 0.6  3 +/- 1  3.8 +/- 0.1
 11  18 13 12 49   14.9 +/- 0.8  13.8 +/- 0.9  7 +/- 4  3.4 +/- 0.2
 114  15 12  9 20*   10.0 +/- 1.9  9.1 +/- 2.0*  21 +/- 11  2.9 +/- 0.2*

*Significantly different from control value (two-sample rank test).

Conclusions:
Ferbam produced mortality and reduced weight gained during gestation in rats at doses of 114 mg/kg. There was also a reduction in litter size and fetal body weight at this dose. Treatment of dams with ferbam was associated with hydrocephalus in fetuses. The authors conclude that most anomalies produced by treatment with ferbam, however, were probably due to depression of growth, since there was no pattern of well-defined anomalies that would suggest a specific teratogenic effect. This interpretation is supported by the fact that the dose of ferbam that caused overt toxicity in the dams was required to produce anomalies in rat fetuses.
Executive summary:

The teratogenicity of the test item ferbam was studied in rats in a study comparable to OECD TG 414 (1981). Ferbam was administered to pregnant rats via oral gavage on gestation days d6 - d15.

Rats died at the 114-mg/kg dose level but 75 % of the dams survived. The total change in body weight during gestation was reduced by ferbam. There was a reduction in litter size and an increased incidence of resorptions. In addition, fetal body weight was decreased by ferbam

The incidences of anomalies (fetuses affected/fetuses inspected) in fetuses from dams given 114 mg/kg ferbam and the corresponding control group were: unossified sternabrae (20/31 vs 9/76), slightly collapsed cranium (7/31 vs 0/76), malformed cranium (2/35 vs 0/90), hydrocephalus (2/35 vs 0/90), hematoma (2/73 vs 0/180), and cleft palate (1/35 vs 0/90).

The authors conclude that most anomalies produced by treatment with ferbam, however, were probably due to depression of growth, since there was no pattern of well-defined anomalies that would suggest a specific teratogenic effect. This interpretation is supported by the fact that dose of ferbam that caused overt toxicity in the dams was required to produce anomalies in rat fetuses. Regulatory dose descripors such as NOAEL and LOAEL were not derived in this study.

Effect on developmental toxicity: via oral route
Endpoint conclusion:
adverse effect observed
Effect on developmental toxicity: via inhalation route
Endpoint conclusion:
no study available
Effect on developmental toxicity: via dermal route
Endpoint conclusion:
no study available

Justification for classification or non-classification

No substance-related effects regarding to reproduction/fertility were observed in male and female rats treated with up to 109 mg/kg/d or 51 mg/kg/d ferbam, respectively.

Administration of ferbam to pregnant rats via oral gavage on gestation days d6 - d15 caused mortality at the 114-mg/kg dose level (75 % of the dams survived). In addition, treatment with the test item ferbam reduced the total change in body weight during gestation and the litter size, and increased the incidence of resorptions. In addition, fetal body weight was decreased by ferbam.

Treatment of dams with 114 mg/kg/d ferbam was associated with hydrocephalus in fetuses. However, the authors concluded that most anomalies produced by treatment with ferbam were probably due to depression of growth, since there was no pattern of well-defined anomalies that would suggest a specific teratogenic effect. This interpretation is supported by the fact that a dose of ferbam that caused overt toxicity in the dams was required to produce anomalies in rat fetuses.

In addition, the peri- and postnatal administration of ferbam reduced food consumption and decreased body weight of dams. Pup survival and growth were also reduced by ferbam. The impaired survival associated with treatment was not due entirely to poor nutrition, since food restriction of controls did not affect viability of pups in the ferbam study. Cross-fostering experiments were conducted to determine whether treatment effects were produced in the prenatal or postnatal period. The body weights of pups from dams fed diets with the high concentration of ferbam were reduced at birth. When these pups were nursed by control dams their survival and body weights approached normal. On the other hand, normal pups that were nursed by dams fed the largest amount of ferbam had reduced body weights. Effects related to treatment with ferbam, which were produced in the prenatal period, were reversible and did not interfere with the growth and survival of the pups.

Consequently, as no toxic effects on the fertility of male and female rats were found in maternal organisms, and teratogenic effects were only observed in pups from dams exposed to a dose causing maternal systemic toxicity, the test substance ferbam is not expected to be a reproductive or developmental toxicant. The substance does not meet the criteria for classification and labelling in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008.