- New Litagion agent profiles for isophorone and ultraprocessed food
- New blog content: "Move over food wheel, here comes NOVA"; "Will social media be held liable for declining teen mental health?"; and "Now we're cooking with gas!"
- New feature: Portfolio litigation tracking
- Isophorone. Isophorone [CAS No. 78-59-1] is a high production volume chemical used as a solvent and chemical intermediate. Among the products that may employ isophorone in production are paints and coatings, lacquers, printing inks, pesticides, adhesives, nitrocellulose finishes, cleaning products, and vinyl chloride/acetate-based polymers. Isophorone is detected in food packaging and food products, aquatic inflatables such as rafts, beach balls, and armbands, and swim gear such as goggles and swimming caps.
- Ultraprocessed food. Ultraprocessed foods consist of a wide-range of convenience foods such as sugar-sweetened beverages and breakfast cereals, reconstituted meat products like chicken nuggets, ready-to-eat or heat dishes, and sweet and savory packaged snacks. Ultraprocessed foods are manufactured mostly from substances derived from whole foods such as starches, proteins, added sugars, and hydrogenated fats. Ultraprocessed foods contain little or no intact whole food, rely upon processing technologies not available in an ordinary domestic kitchen, and typically incorporate many synthetic ingredients including flavorings, colorings, non-sugar sweeteners, emulsifiers, thickeners, humectants, and preservatives. Ultraprocessed foods are designed to be ready-to-consume, hyper-palatable, and low-cost. Studies indicate that well over half of all calories consumed in the United States come from ultraprocessed foods.
Portfolio litigation tracking
Exposure management users can now see which accounts within their casualty books are named defendants in mass litigation events tracked in CoMeta's Litigation Tracking feature (Litigation Tracking access must be enabled). Clicking on the Litigation tab in Exposure Management reveals statistics on the total number of lawsuits filed against companies in the portfolio, the distribution of those lawsuits across damage types, the number of named defendants in the portfolio, and the number of Litagion agents driving those lawsuits. Users can use the table below to toggle between company and Litagion agent views showing number of cases filed and the date the most recent case was filed. Clicking on the link icon to the left of the company or Litagion agent name navigates the user to the Litigation Tracking feature where more detail about the underlying lawsuits can be found.
ISO-CGL support deprecation
As of this release, the Portfolio Upload feature of Exposure Management no longer supports the use of ISO-CGL codes to characterize the industrial footprint of an account (prior to this release, ISO-CGL codes entered in the portfolio upload template would be automatically translated to NAICS). NAICS and SIC codes are still supported in the portfolio upload template, although NAICS remains the preferred industrial taxonomy since the SIC taxonomy has not been revised by the U.S. government since the late 1980s. SIC codes entered in the portfolio upload template are translated to NAICS. See the release notes from December 21, 2021 for more information on the use of industry codes in the portfolio upload process.