Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -132

Accepted - Volume 28

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Michelle Santee Tupps Date/Time 2001-02-16 08:18:10
Organization EventResource, Inc.
Category Company

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments We urge the FDA to require more testing of and more information about genetically engineered products. The current proposal requires makers of GE foods or ingredients only to consult with the FDA at least four months before releasing new products onto the marketplace. However, GE Food Alert (a coalition of groups including the Public Interest Research Group and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy) say such mandatory consultations have no legal meaning and offer consumers nothing but a false sense of security. The proposed rules allow for voluntary GE free food labeling, effectively putting the burden on companies who shun such unproven technology to test, certify and label their products as non-GE. Organic Gardening joins other groups concerned about the risks posed by genetically engineered foods in rejecting these proposed rules. We believe the proposed rules favor the interests of corporate agriculture and the biotechnology industry over the public's right to know about and choose products with acceptable ingredients. Let us be clear: we are not opposed to biotechnology and all of its applications, but we do concur with many scientists and an international coalition of governments that call for precautionary testing and strict regulation of genetically engineered products to prevent harm to human health and the environment.

EC -132