Docket Management
Docket: 00N-1396 - Premarket Notice Concerning Bioengineered Foods
Comment Number: EC -16

Accepted - Volume 17

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Joshua Forgotson Date/Time 2001-01-31 00:19:49
Organization Mr. Joshua Forgotson
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments I strongly support this proposed rule. Given how little is known about the effects of bioengineered foods on the human body, I feel it is prudent to require vendors of this type of food to submit their products for testing by the FDA prior to marketing. Senator Boxer makes a good point (newspaper article): February 23, 2000. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation that would require labeling of genetically engineered foods on supermarket shelves. Senator Boxer's legislation is similar to labeling legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) in November 1999. We don't know whether genetically engineered food is harmful or whether it is safe, says Senator Boxer. However, enough scientists have raised concerns, including increased exposure to allergens, decreased nutritional value, increased toxicity and increased antibiotic resistance. In addition, Boxer said, some of the potential environmental risks include the destruction of species, cross pollination that breeds new weeds that are resistant to herbicides, and long-term increases in pesticide use. Thank you for your consideration




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