Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -9

Accepted - Volume 17

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Lewis Hoffman Date/Time 2001-01-26 10:38:49
Organization Mr. Lewis Hoffman
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments I am glad to see that the FDA is proposing mandatory testing of bioengineered products. However, I think that this falls short of adequately protecting consumers by not enforcing mandatory labelling. Although FDA testing is an important first step, history has shown repeatedly that we rarely fully understand the consequences of our actions when they involve manipulation of natural biological systems. Natural systems are so complex that it would be foolish and arrogant of us to believe that our engineering of nature has advanced past the experimental stage. Every consumer has the right to make their own decision on whether to participate in these experiments, and the only way to make this possible is mandatory labelling of all bioengineered foods. Although some taxpayer dollars would be spent to enforce such a measure, it would be a great benefit to the public- allowing much more informed choices about one of our most basic needs. The drawbacks of such labelling really only affect those companies who are doing the bioengineering. Clearly the public good must outweigh the needs of these companies. If the FDA has the public interest in mind, it will move swiftly on the track toward mandatory labelling of all bioengineered products.

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