2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC409
Submitter : Ms. Margaret Howard Date & Time: 01/03/2007 03:01:54
Organization : Ms. Margaret Howard
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Cloned animal food products should be labeled, if they are allowed on the market at all. While cloned animal products may, at present, seem safe for consumers, data is scarce and long term studies cannot have yet been performed. Even without the consideration of the availability of long term study data, consumers choice in the matter of buying cloned animal products should be protected. It is my opinion that to protect consumer choice in this work to the benefit of both the consumer and the marketplace. The American public is increasingly concerned about and aware of food origins. The organic segment of the food market is growing rapidly. Companies that decrease labeling information will lose customers, especially in the long term (10 years). Companies that listen to consumer demand and increase labeling information, provide 'clean' food products, and produce or distribute foods that consumers feel good about buying and eating will lead the market and obtain or keep long term viability and profit. To allow cloned animal products in the food supply without labeling is to slip backwards, against market trends at a time when going forward is crucial to both domestic and export food sales.