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BannedA History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology$
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Frederick Rowe Davis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300205176

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300205176.001.0001

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What’s the Risk?

What’s the Risk?

Legislators and Scientists Evaluate Pesticides

(p.116) Chapter 5 What’s the Risk?

Frederick Rowe Davis

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the different risks associated with exposures to pesticides and analyzes hearings held by legislators to determine the implications of pesticides for public health. Throughout these hearings, the DDT and its potential toxicity to humans was frequently cited in testimony. Due to uncertainty about pesticides, Congress revised existing legislation to address possible risks. The Miller Amendment restricted food residues and empowered the FDA to establish tolerances for foodstuffs. Congress also approved the Delaney Clause, forcing the FDA to set the tolerance for any carcinogenic food additive to zero.

Keywords:   Miller Amendment, Delaney Clause, carcinogenic food, FDA, DDT

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