Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -238

Accepted - Volume 64

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Marilyn Kahn Date/Time 2001-03-13 15:49:41
Organization Ms. Marilyn Kahn
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments Mandatory labeling of bioengineered foods is necessary because of the misinformation that is occurring because such labeling is not required. As an example: I called BESTFOODS, the makers of Mazola Corn Oil, to ask about whether they use bioengineered corn in their corn oil. The woman at their consumer information line stated that they did not use bioengineered corn. She said she would send me a letter to that effect. I gave my address to get the letter. The letter stated a very different story. It stated: Bestfoods uses only approved ingredients conforming to health, safety and quality assurance standards set by the US governmental agencies. These include some that may have been derived from biotech corn and canola. The FDA, USDA, and EPA have determined that the food-approved biotech crops now being grown and sold in the US do not differ significantly from non-biotech crops with respect to composition, nutritional values or safety. Thus, there are no requirements for special labeling for biotech crops. I was not aware that any of the above governmental agencies did research on the nutritional values or safety of the bioengineered crops. The agencies use the data supplied by the companies. The companies that develop and market bioengineered seeds have a lot to gain from touting the products made from them are safe. Those individuals who have allergies need to know what they are eating. Only requiring mandatory labeling of all food using bioengineered food to say so on packaging will consumers be protected. Until the food products are tested by independent laboratories, there should be MANDATORY LABELING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS.

EC -238