2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC1075
Submitter : Dr. Brian Schoenrock Date & Time: 01/04/2007 12:01:19
Organization : Dr. Brian Schoenrock
Category : Health Professional
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Thank you for soliciting public comments concerning the use of cloned animals as a food source for public consumption. What most concerns me most is the unintended consequences of utilizing such a new and unproven genetic process. One cannot be sure that meat derived from cloned animals will be safe. Especially when one considers that prions, a newly discovered pathogen, have not been adequately studied and are not well understood. What other unknowns are possible with the cloning process? These unknowns need to be identified and understood prior to widespread introduction into the food supply. I count on the FDA to protect food sources from possible contaminants, including those of a genetic nature. Controlled studies and throrough investigation of the potential ramafications need to be undertaken first. These studies must be performed by professional scientists that are independent of governmental and corporate influences.

Additionally, food derived from cloned animals needs to be clearly labelled as such, allowing the consumer to make an informed choice when puchasing food for his/her family.