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September 1996 Issue

Consumers Win New Pesticide Regulations

On August 3, President Clinton signed a compromise bill signaling long-awaited changes to pesticide regulations. The new law abolishes the Delaney Clause, under which no processed food could be sold that carded even minute traces of carcinogens. Instead, a "reasonable certainty of no harm" standard (likely to be defined as a one-in-a-million chance of harm) will apply to both processed and fresh foods. Moreover, it will now also include noncancer risks, such as

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