2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC1111
Submitter : Ms. Sarah Pisarcik Date & Time: 01/04/2007 12:01:08
Organization : Ms. Sarah Pisarcik
Category : Academia
Issue Areas/Comments
Personally, I find the approval of 'cloned food' to be worrisome. Being a researcher myself, I have come to understand and appreciate the world of cloning as well as cellular and molecular concepts and pathways. Nothing in science is exact or clear cut and I believe that there could be dramatic even deadly repercussion to the consumers if they are to start eating cloned meat. I feel as though the FDA has not completed adequate research and that they need to test cloned food on other species before allowing humans to consume these products. Also, how can the FDA guarantee that there will not be any transgenic mutations transferred to humans from the cloned meat? Consider the wonderful world of antibiotics; penicillin was considered the answer to the world of medicine and due to it's improper use, it has created 'superbugs' which have created multiple antibiotic resistant microorganisms. Anyone in the health care profession will tell you that it's the antibiotic resistant microbes that are the most deadly and hardest to treat in sickly patients. In other words, the FDA can in no way guarantee the safety of the consumers.
Secondly, and by far the most troublesome aspect of the approval is that there will be no labels on food in order to distinguish between cloned or naturally grown organism such as cow, sheep, etc. As a consumer I want to have the freedom to choose whether I eat fresh meat or cloned meat. I feel as though if a bill is passed to sell cloned food, the consumer has a right to choose what type of food they want to eat and this is one major aspect that needs to be considered.