2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC1021
Submitter : Mr. Charles Mulkey Date & Time: 01/04/2007 12:01:05
Organization : Mr. Charles Mulkey
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
I am writing today to express my deep concern about the labeling of cloned animal products. I personally would never knowingly consume these products. I am outraged at the idea that these products will not be labeled as such. I understand from national news reports that a great many people feel as I do.

I urge you to reconsider your position regarding the labeling of these products. Regardless of the insistence that these products are 'safe' for consumption, it is improper in the extreme that people will be forced to unknowingly purchase and consume these items. People deserve to have their food properly labeled. It falls to the FDA to bring about this labeling.

Your agency seems to think that it knows what is best for us. It has been wrong many times. This seems to be another example of that kind of thinking.

This decision, to not inform the public of the presence of cloned animal products in the food we purchase, calls into question the credibility of an agency which purports to protect us. It makes me suspicious. Why would you not insist that the manufacturers of these products inform purchasers of their origins? I suspect that if labeling were imposed, sales would drop. Perhaps it has been decided that the public be kept in the dark for this reason.

In closing, I think it fairly obvious that the FDA has both a moral and legal obligation to require labeling of cloned food items of any kind. Not doing so should be considered outrageous.

Sincerely,
Charles Mulkey