Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -261

Accepted - Volume 78

Comment Record
Commentor Mrs. Sharee Berman Date/Time 2001-03-19 13:35:39
Organization Mrs. Sharee Berman
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments My husbamd and I are American citizens who are concerned about a safe food supply. Consequently, we must demand that the FDA require more testing of and more information about genetically engineered products before any such products can be considered safe for the US marketplace. The FDA's current proposal that makers of GE foods be required only to consult with the FDA at least 4 months before releasing new products is unacceptable! Also, the proposed rule that would allow for voluntary GE free food labeling effectively puts the burden on companies who shun this unproven technology to test, certify, and label their products as non-GE. It appears the FDA is favoring the interests of corporate agriculture and the biotechnology industry over the public's right to know about and choose products with acceptable ingredients. My husband and I are not opposed to appropriate biotechnology, but we do concur with many scientists and an international coalition of governments that call for precautionary testing and strict regulation- including labeling -to prevent harm to human health and the environment. Not to be redundant, but just in case what I have written has not registered because there's a new exhibit you've been dying to see at the Air and Space Musueum on the mall and you're meeting your buddies there at noon: WE SUPPORT MANDATORY BIOTECH FOOD LABELING, NOT VOLUNTARY LABELING. Thank you.

EC -261