A legislative addition to the US Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, proposed by Representative J. J. Delaney in 1958, prohibiting the use of food additives that are known to be carcinogenic. The European Union and other nations have similar protective legislation. The Delaney clause has frequently been subjected to political pressure, usually to relax standards, for instance, about use of agricultural pesticides and food additives. For a recent impartial report, see http://www4.nationalacademies.org/news.nsf/isbn/POD375.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.