2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC542
Submitter : Dr. Yelizaveta Russ Date & Time: 01/04/2007 08:01:20
Organization : Dr. Yelizaveta Russ
Category : Health Professional
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Dear FDA Official,

It is clear to me that since no difference has been shown between products produced from cloned and non-cloned animals the FDA feels that it has no duty to the public in terms of safety warning.

There are no long-term studies available and just like we find unforeseen effects of medications tens of years after they have entered the market as safe drugs, we may find unforeseen consequences of these genetically engineered animals. The food labels do not need to serve as a warning label, but rather as a nutritional fact about an ingredient, so a consumer may have the opportunity to make a decision on what they eat. By not enforcing labels in this case the FDA is forcing all consumers to eat genetically engineered livestock and drink its milk unless they choose to become vegans, whether that is something they want or not.

For many this is an ethical question and some want to be extra cautious, in either case they have the right to chose, the same right that the FDA will take away by not enforcing labels.

I feel very strongly about this as a pharmacist, a consumer, and an expecting mother. I urge you to please enforce special labeling on these foods.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Yelizaveta Russ, Pharm.D.