COMMISSION PROPOSES ALTERING DELANEY CLAUSE

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WASHINGTON—A federal commission on streamlining regulation has recommended changes to the Delaney Clause, which limits use of cancer-causing chemicals in food packaging. Delaney Clause reform is a goal of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.

The Presidential/Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management recommended in its March 7 report that the clause undergo ``substantial modification'' from its current standard of banning food additives or chemical residues that ``might possibly cause cancer'' in favor of a standard of ``reasonable certainty of no harm for all population groups.''

The commission, appointed by Congress, the president and the National Academy of Sciences, also recommended that regulatory agencies distinguish between chemical tests involving laboratory animals where doses are ``not relevant to humans'' and tests predicting the impact on people.

The group made 71 recommendations to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.