In 1958, the Food, Drugs, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 was amended to include the Delaney Clause
. Introduced by Democratic Congressman James Delaney from New York, the Clause required that "the Secretary of the Food and Drug Administration shall not approve for use in food any chemical additive found to induce cancer in man, or, after tests, found to induce cancer in animals." Even though the language is as clear as day, the EPA took it upon itself to ease the legislative ban on cancer-causing additives in food by allowing certain pesticides to be added to processed food products--even though the EPA's own tests had determined that the four additives in question were in fact cancer-causing agents.
It also includes the Delaney Clause
, which bans any ingredient that has been shown to cause cancer to animals or humans at any dose.
Occasionally a genuine protection gets through the cracks, due to the odd whistle blower and/or employee fiduciary duty actions such as the Delaney Clause
NACA's lobbying efforts precluded the application of this amendment, known as the Delaney Clause
, to pesticide residues in crops, although the use of specific pesticides on some processed, or semi-processed food and feed products triggered a Delaney requirement for tolerances.
The so-called Delaney Clause
of the 1958 Food, Drug, an d Cosmetic Act gave the FDA the absurd responsibility of eliminating any trace whatsoever of chemicals capable of causing cancer in lab animals.
Much of the concern about the health effects of chemicals stems from the overly broad application of the now-repealed Delaney clause
to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, says ACSH.
prohibits color and food additives that cause cancer in animals.
How long did it take the food industry to get Congress to replace the zero tolerance for carcinogens in the Delaney Clause
with a reasonable risk standard that took into account our current ability to detect parts per trillion of a substance?
Then there was the dismantling of the Delaney Clause
, a piece of legislation dating from the fifties that imposed an absolute ban on carcinogens in processed food.
He supports replacing the Delaney Clause
, which bans the sale of any food product that contains any trace of a carcinogenic pesticide that concentrates during food processing, with a rule that would permit the presence of pesticides at levels that cause only negligible risk but would expand protection to include all health effects (not just cancer) and would include all pesticides (not just those that concentrate during food processing).
Since 1958, the Delaney Clause
had imposed an absolute ban on carcinogens in processed food, a restriction that food and chemical companies tried to over-throw for almost forty years.
Two issues which receive special attention are the Delaney Clause
in pesticide regulations, and the new method of meat inspection.