Docket Management
Docket: 00N-1351 - Food Labeling; Use of the Term "Fresh" for Foods Processed With Alternative Nonthermal Technologies
Comment Number: EC -32

Accepted - Volume 1

Comment Record
Commentor Mrs. Beth Burrows Date/Time 2000-08-15 12:26:47
Organization The Edmonds Institute
Category Other

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments August 15, 2000 Docket #00N-1351 Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration Room 1061 5630 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20852 To Whom It May Concern at the Food and Drug Administration: On behalf of the Edmonds Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to issues concerning environment and technology, I write to object to the use of the term fresh to describe any food treated with nonthermal processing, as proposed in Docket 00N-1351 Food Labeling; Use of the Term Fresh for Foods Processed With Alternative Nonthermal Technologies. Please, rescind the decision to allow raw foods treated with irradiation to be labeled as fresh. For consumers, the term fresh carries with it the implication of a food that has not been processed or treated. Labelling foods as fresh after they have been irradiated or processed in other ways will degrade the meaning of the word fresh and create public suspicion and mistrust of the quality of our food supply. Such an outcome is exactly the opposite of what one would expect from a Food and Drug Administration decision. The Food and Drug Administration, one would hope, should be creating confidence in - not mistrust of - the quality of our food supply. Particularly in other parts of the world, where U.S. food products are already under a veil of suspicion, the idea that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would deem something that has been irradiated as fresh will further erode markets for our agricultural products, further destroy confidence in the independence of our science, and further call into question the common sense of our regulators. Please, rescind the decision to allow raw food treated with irradiation to be labeled as fresh. Thank you for your attention to my concerns For the Edmonds Institute, I am . . . Sincerely yours, Beth Burrows President/Director The Edmonds Institute




EC -32