Docket Management
Docket: 00N-1396 - Premarket Notice Concerning Bioengineered Foods
Comment Number: EC -134

Accepted - Volume 23

Comment Record
Commentor Dr. Warren M. Gold Date/Time 2001-03-13 15:37:11
Organization University of California San Francisco
Category Health Professional

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments Dear Commissioner Henney, The proposed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations fail to require labels or safety tests on genetically engineered (GE) food. The new rules continue to deny Americans the right to know what is in our food, while protecting the economic interests of biotech corporations. Additionally, the rules discourage the use of labels such as biotech free or no genetically engineered ingredients, labels which consumers have a fundamental right to have printed on their food products. Labeling GE foods would protect the public from potential health effects that could only be traced if GE foods can be identified. By refusing to require both labeling and mandatory safety testing of foods, the FDA puts consumer's health at risk, and ignores the recommendations of the Biotechnology Consultative Forum, who in December urged the US to require mandatory labeling of GE foods. I urge you to reconsider this proposal and insure that GE foods are subject to pre-market testing and labeling. Americans have a right to make informed decisions about the food we consume.




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