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A clause of the Food Additive Amendment of the U.S. Federal law specifying that no substance that has been found to induce cancer in any animal may be incorporated into food.
[James F. Delaney, U.S. Congressman]
a 1960 amendment to the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act regulating food additives. It prohibits the use of any food substance found to be carcinogenic in humans or animals. Food products not previously found to be carcinogenic were classified historically as "Generally Regarded As Safe," or GRAS.
Delaney ClausePublic health An addition to the US Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act, prohibiting the use of food additives known to be carcinogenic in experimental animals. See Alar, Ames test, Food & Drug Administration, Risk assessment.
Delaney clause(dĕ-lā′nē) [After an amendment in 1958 made by James Delaney, Congressman from New York]
A clause in the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that bans any additive that causes cancer when it is consumed by animals or humans.