| Comment Record|
Dr. David Tyler ||
2001-03-17 21:17:49 |
| Comments for FDA General |
1. General Comments
RE: Docket No. 00N-1396, and 00D-1598
Dear Ms. Henney,
I am outraged by your new policies on genetically engineered (GE)foods. Despite
overwhelming consumer demand, your agency still fails to require safety testing
and mandatory labeling for GE foods. Your “notification” policy is an insult to
consumers, and irresponsibly ignores strong scientific evidence of numerous
potential health and environmental risks to GE foods.
I am also strongly opposed to your new “voluntary labeling” policy, which denies
consumers a basic right to know. Without mandatory labeling, neither consumers
nor health professionals will know if an allergic or toxic reaction was the result of a
genetically engineered food. Consumers will also be deprived of the critical
knowledge they need to hold food producers liable should any of these novel
foods prove hazardous.
Your proposed rules ignore serious concerns, and appear to be a decision made
to convenience industry at the expense of public health and the environment. I will
not accept your attempt to make the public guinea pigs for these untested foods,
and I trust you will take my concern along with the thousands of others into
As a Scientist (Macrosystems Ecology) I concur with the foregoing letter in all its
particulars! It is deplorable that the FDA would abdicate its responsiblities to the
public -- as a blatant pay-off to corporate political donors! I most strongly urge
you to require full-disclosure labeling on ALL genetically engineered products!!
D. B. Tyler, Ph.D.