Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -151

Accepted - Volume 28

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Kirsten Liske Date/Time 2001-02-19 14:24:43
Organization personal
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments Dear Sirs and Madames: Hello and good day. I am writing to emplore you to reject the proposed ruling regarding Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods. As an American consumer, I demand to know whether on not the products I purchase and the companies I support utilize GE foodstuffs in their products. While I greatly support the concept of a Federal review process for any new GE products prior to their entry in the marketplace, I do not feel that this is in anyway a substitute for complete and accurate consumer labeling by the manufacturer. I feel that, in the same way hazardous materials are required to be labeled by manufacturers due to their human health and/or environmental risks, GE foods, not yet proven to be safe to human health or the environment, should have manufacturer labeling requirements as well. It is also common sense to me that the companies that choose to take advantage of new technologies such as genetic engineering and reap the economic benefits, should also bear the costs of managing the risks in entering the new markets. Part of the costs of entering these new markets, in my estimation, are the cost of educating the consumers about the benefits, risks and realities of GE foodstuffs. Companies that continue to produce food in a traditional way should not have to bear the burden of informing the public, because they are not reaping the benefits of the new technology. In my estimation, the burden of proof for labeling that will best inform consumers should lie upon the companies choosing to utlize GE products. I do not believe that a GE Free certification process should be required to inform the public of GE Free products. Rather, it should be the burden of companies that choose to take advantage of the new technologies to state that they are doing so, and consumers can rest easy knowing that unless a product is labeled as containing GE products, it is in fact GE free. Thank you for your consideration of my request. Sincerely, Kirsten Liske

EC -151