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In Brief: Delaney clause

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Delaney clause: Senate passes S 1166, the Food Quality Protection Act, by unanimous consent July 24. The measure, which revises the zero-cancer risk standard of the Delaney clause for pesticides, cleared the Agricultural Committee by a vote of 18-0 earlier that day. The Senate version of the House compromise bill, HR 1627, was sponsored by Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and David Pryor (D-Ariz.). The legislation cleared the House floor on July 23 by a vote of 417-0. In a statement issued by the White House on July 24, President Clinton indicated his support for the bill. Although S 1166 and HR 1627 both had Democratic support, those supporting Delaney clause reform for pesticides may not agree to similar standards for food and color additives. A revised version of the food measure in the FDA reform package (HR 3200) has been delayed while Delaney clause reform in the Food Quality Protection Act was debated and voted on in both the Senate and House...
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