Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -97

Accepted - Volume 23

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Lynne Simpson Date/Time 2001-02-05 19:06:45
Organization Ms. Lynne Simpson
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments I believe that the labeling should be mandatory, not voluntary. All foods should be labeled according to whether or not they contain genetically modified ingredients. I also believe that food that was grown according to organic gardening protocols -- which do not allow for GMOs -- should be allowed to say so. I think it's a really bad idea to put a gag order on farmers who aren't growing genetically engineered crops. I think it's irresponsible of the FDA to allow things like potatoes that have pesticides built into their very cells to even exist on the market. It's beyond belief that products like these have been foisted on the American public with no notice, no testing, nothing. I urge the FDA to, at the very least, allow organic farmers to continue to market their products as GMO-free. However, to be truly responsible, the FDA should remove ALL genetically modified foods from the market until credible, complete scientific studies can be done on these products -- not only on how they affect humans but also on their long-term effects on the environment. If the FDA does not take these steps now, I believe there will not only be serious repercussions with regard to public health and the environment but there will also be irreparable harm to the public's confidence in the safety of the food supply and in the credibility of the FDA, when the truth about the risks of GMOs eventually becomes known to the public.

EC -97