2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC349
Submitter : Dr. Bozidar Jovanovic Date & Time: 01/03/2007 02:01:59
Organization : Dr. Bozidar Jovanovic
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
This guidance as well as risk assessment is fundamentally flawed. While the short term testing may very well show that there is no significant difference between cloned and regular animals we should not pretend that clones are safe. Similarly to the GMOs, what you need to do is create a generational study - for about 20-30 YEARS watching a group of healty volunteers and the health problems they develop. I am a trained scientist and I understand the scientific results you present, and thus understand the fine points of your report.
As the NECESSARY test period is impractical for the industry, the solution should be that the food from cloned animals should be clearly labeled. Absent that, people may avoid it altogether - in the US, but even more in the world where our exports would be the real casualty.
Personally I already avoid regular products and buy exclusively organic meet and dairy - because of rBST and GMOs. If the guidance is left as it is, it will only mean that I will not be able to set foot in any regular supermarket.
Please retract this ill conceived decision.