Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -243

Accepted - Volume 64

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. David Crownover Date/Time 2001-03-14 18:20:23
Organization n/a
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments Voluntary labeling appears to be the most benefical method of determining GM foods to all parties involved. By making the labeling process voluntary, and giving options for free claims allows the market to decide what product it wants. There has been no proof of harm, and actually there is ample evidence that QC procedures, when properly used, catch a great number of percieved problems. As a regulatory body, I also understand that your mission is not to respond to public outcry, but to respond to scientific reasoning. Again, to date, there has been no proven, peer reviewed, evidence, showing that GM material is harmful to humans in the short term, or long term for that matter. I would like to make a suggestion to threshold levels. If free claims are to be made, it would be most beneficial, both financially, and logistically, if that free level were set at 1%. I realize that this may prove difficult and possibly fairly expensive for US manufacturers, however, if they are already having to test at that level for exporting to Europe, they should be able to satisfy both requirements simultaneosly. I would also recommend that any standardization of methodology for detection come from a reputable organization, such as ISO. They have a proven track record in this area, and are much more able to take on this task in a timely manner than the government. Thank you for your time.

EC -243