Docket Management
Docket: 00N-1396 - Premarket Notice Concerning Bioengineered Foods
Comment Number: EC -7

Accepted - Volume 17

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Kenneth Roseboro Date/Time 2001-01-27 11:26:18
Organization Writing Solutions
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments I am strongly opposed to your proposed regulations on bioengineered foods. This new regulation is a small step when much more is needed. It is obvious your agency is more interested in satisfying the needs of biotechnology and agribusiness companies than in protecting American consumers. These foods are not substantially equivalent, they are novel organisms that need to be tested extensively. This is not done at all. Consumers should have the right to choose, as they are given in Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and other industrialized nations. Your agency refuses to label these foods despite receiving overwhelming numbers of requests from consumers to do so. Editorials have appeared in major newspapers including the LA Times, Minneapolis Star, Christian Science Monitor, Austin American Statesman, Boston Globe, USA Today, and others calling for labeling of GM foods. Consumer polls consistently show over 80% of Americans want labeling. The U.S-E.U. biotechnology commission recently released a report recommending labeling. Members of congress and the senate have introduced legislation calling for labeling. In the face of all this support for labeling, your agency responds with a minor change in regulations. In addition, U.S. corn and soy exports to Europe and Japan are plummeting due to debacles such as Starlink and our inability to distinguish GM from non-GM grains. As an American consumer I will continue to fight against this lack of regulations. I sincerely hope that you will have the foresight to respond to the wishes of the growing numbers of American consumers who want labeling. Some day in the not too distant future, people will look back on your current regulations and cringe at the short-sightedness. Your agency is charged with protecting the health and safety in American consumers, but in this issue your actions have pandered to the wishes of industry at the expense of jeopardizing the health of American consumers, which is reprehensible.




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