Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -208

Accepted - Volume 64

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Mark Jolly Date/Time 2001-03-05 20:23:31
Organization Mr. Mark Jolly
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments I believe the FDA should require foods developed with bioengineering be clearly marked. This information is essential for those of us who wish to be conscious of what we eat and support with our purchases, and voluntary labeling has no constructive effect, since not all companies will choose to label. The agency's concerns that no ill effects have been proven to arise from eating genetically modified food is interesting if that is the legislative requirement for mandating labeling. However, I believe using that as a litmus test is rather short-sighted, since it means the FDA may only react to problems, meaning it will always, by its structure, be too late to perform its function, that is, to protect the American public. If it is an agency standard, I urge you to change it. If it is a congressional requirement, I would encourage your leadership to make the case to the legislature that it is inherently self-defeating to require ill effects prior to action and that it is far more prudent to exercise caution through testing and labeling bioengineered food. Thank you for your time.

EC -208