Docket Management
Docket: 00N-1396 - Premarket Notice Concerning Bioengineered Foods
Comment Number: EC -26

Accepted - Volume 17

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Diana Law Date/Time 2001-02-01 17:35:33
Organization Ms. Diana Law
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments As your agency reviews and decides on legislation proposed to regulate bio-genetic engineering as it pertains to food products, I ask you to consider the highest possible standards and rigorous testing before any product reaches consumers. Already, we are seeing the potential threats that may occur as in the case of the 'accidental' use of bio-engineered corn in taco shells which isn't easily digested by humans and caused a recall of said product. Aside from the riak to humans directly from exposure to products which haven't had thorough testing, we are risking the health of the environment and any products coming to market need to have impartial testing to learn what the impact to the environment would be. Some studies have aleady shown that products such as corn that have been bio-engineered have had or could have a negative impact on the environment; whether it's crops that are engineered not to reproduce that damage open-pollinated varieties nearby (imagine what would happen in case of crop failure with corn that won't reproduce; and also the certain loss of biodiversity) or crops that are bio-engineered with genes to destroy caterpillars that are having a detrimental effect on monarch butterflies which are the pollinators of the same corn and many other crops. I am sure that you realize some of the risks to the environment when we begin to weaken any part of an ecosystem. If you are like me, you have a family, and you want your children to have healthy food to eat, and a healthy and beautiful environment to live in. Bio-engineering may have its place in that future, but I believe that with something that can have such a large effect on our health and environment we need stringent rules and testing; and the consumer also has a right to know if the food that he is eating is genetically altared so that he has a choice whether to experiment with his or his family's health. I see this as a constitutional right which should be important than special interest's rights to make a profit.

EC -26