|2003N-0573||Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment|
|FDA Comment Number :||EC932|
|Submitter :||Mr. Panagiotis Maniatis||Date & Time:||01/04/2007 11:01:25|
|Organization :||Mr. Panagiotis Maniatis|
|Category :||Individual Consumer|
| I believe that if cloned animals are going to be introduced into the food chain that it should be clearly labeled on the packaging that the product contains/derived from a cloned animal. Aside from safety and health concerns that many may still have even after many sound scientific studies the issue of cloning in general is very charged. I believe that including cloned animals in the food chain creates a situation that involves more than food safety and as such the consumer should know whether the product contains cloned animals. Currently distributors who do not include genetically engineered ingredients advertise this in effort to lure consumers to choose their product. As a result a premium is paid for the product. I do not believe this should be the situation in labeling of cloned animal products. The labeling should be a requirement of the distributor of the cloned animal product and it should be their responsibility in conjunction with the FDA to promote and educate the public on the safety and possible future benefits of introducing clone animals into the food cycle. In summary I believe the consumer has the right to know what ingredients are in their product and in this case whether a clone animal was used in making the product. I understand the benefits that may develop by having cloned animals in the food chain and believe the matter must be scientifically investigated and studied. The FDA should make its decision on sound safety and health concerns but on moral and ethical views of the consumer, the FDA should at least require proper labeling of the product in effect allowing the consumer to make their own choice. I appreciate your time in this manner.