Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -259

Accepted - Volume 78

Comment Record
Commentor Dr. David Tyler Date/Time 2001-03-17 21:17:49
Organization Retired
Category Academic

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments RE: Docket No. 00N-1396, and 00D-1598 Dear Ms. Henney, I am outraged by your new policies on genetically engineered (GE)foods. Despite overwhelming consumer demand, your agency still fails to require safety testing and mandatory labeling for GE foods. Your “notification” policy is an insult to consumers, and irresponsibly ignores strong scientific evidence of numerous potential health and environmental risks to GE foods. I am also strongly opposed to your new “voluntary labeling” policy, which denies consumers a basic right to know. Without mandatory labeling, neither consumers nor health professionals will know if an allergic or toxic reaction was the result of a genetically engineered food. Consumers will also be deprived of the critical knowledge they need to hold food producers liable should any of these novel foods prove hazardous. Your proposed rules ignore serious concerns, and appear to be a decision made to convenience industry at the expense of public health and the environment. I will not accept your attempt to make the public guinea pigs for these untested foods, and I trust you will take my concern along with the thousands of others into serious consideration. As a Scientist (Macrosystems Ecology) I concur with the foregoing letter in all its particulars! It is deplorable that the FDA would abdicate its responsiblities to the public -- as a blatant pay-off to corporate political donors! I most strongly urge you to require full-disclosure labeling on ALL genetically engineered products!! Sincerely, D. B. Tyler, Ph.D.

EC -259