Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -242

Accepted - Volume 64

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Barbara Likens Date/Time 2001-03-14 08:30:54
Organization Ms. Barbara Likens
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments I am the mother of a vegetarian, as well as a consumer who avidly reads food labels to know the nutritional content of what I bring to my family's table. I do not want my family eating produce containing fish genes anymore than I want them eating foods heavily laced with red dyes or other suspected carcinogens. The draft guidance on labelling is unacceptable. The FDA's continued insistence on denying mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods is contrary to what the Agency has consistently heard from the majority of consumers. Mandatory labelling was the primary message heard from the FDA public hearings on genetic engineering in 1999, as well as in the FDA's own consumer focus groups in May 2000. The recently released final report of the joint EU-U.S. Biotechnology Consultative Forum also emphasized the importance of mandatory labelling of genetically modified food products as an important tool in providing consumers with relevant information. Additionally, the FDA's decision to encourage voluntary labelling instead of mandatory labelling unfairly puts the burden on manufacturers who choose not to use bioengineered ingredients instead of on those who are introducing this new technology into our food supply. I am expecting the FDA to listen to the will of the people. Mandate mandatory labelling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Consumers should have the right to informed choice regarding the selection of what they want to consume. Sincerely, Barbara Likens




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