Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -207

Accepted - Volume 64

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Torsten Mueller Date/Time 2001-03-05 19:33:45
Organization Mr. Torsten Mueller
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments I wanted to express my opinion that despite all the efforts to put a positive spin on bioengineering, we don't know enough about the long term effects that genetically altered foods have on humans and the food chain in general. In a sense this entire discussion reminds of the hype surrounding the Fluorochlorocarbons when they were first discovered and their potential was discovered. Who tells us that we are not overlooking some detail that might come back to bite us (as the problem with the ozone layer several decades ago)? I realize that with too much prudence, there would be no progress, but in my opinion, we should act very cautious when it comes to playing around with the blueprint of ANY life. And considering the hype about golden rice as a savior for Vitamin A deficient populations, I can only say that there are other methods to supply the needed nutrients, and this does not constitute any legitimate reason to continue altering nature's code of life that everything so critically depends upon. Given my opinion outlined above, I strongly feel that if bioengineered foods are not forbidden, the least that the FDA can do to protect critical consumers like myself is to require a CLEAR labelling of food items that contain bioengineered ingrediences. I don't trust the food industry enough to leave it at a voluntary labelling. Sincerely, Torsten Mueller

EC -207