Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -27

Accepted - Volume 17

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Richard Levine Date/Time 2001-01-30 16:11:25
Organization The Bivings Group
Category Other

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments Separating and labeling biotech and non-biotech crops entails a difficult and expensive process that the average consumer does not want to pay for. Rather than requiring labels for all foods which contain biotech ingredients -- fully 70 percent of the products on supermarket shelves -- let the manufacturers who do not use these ingredients voluntarily label their products and guarantee the truth of this claim. In this way, people who are comfortable with findings by the USDA, FDA and EPA that these foods are safe will not have to pay for unnecessary testing and labeling. Consumers who reject these safety findings will then have the option of buying products with the voluntary label. We who have faith in the regulatory process do not want to pay 10-15 percent extra for food just because a small but vocal minority has something against it. Let them pay more for their non-biotech products and leave us alone.

EC -27