2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC1116
Submitter : Ms. Shannon Lee Date & Time: 01/04/2007 12:01:08
Organization : Ms. Shannon Lee
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I am strongly opposed to permitting the products and by-products of cloned animals into the American food chain until there is more information on the matter. Numerous studies have shown that cloned animals are plagued my numerous health problems and age at a far more accelerated rate than un-cloned animals. What would happen if the DNA source had a genetic mutation that became more prominent in a matter of years? What if that mutation started appearing in humans? There is vastly more research needed in this area before approving.

As a consumer, I have the right to know what is in my food. Even though I'm a vegetarian I still consume eggs and dairy products but I will certainly change my eating and buying habits if products from cloned animals are allowed in our grocery stores and pet stores. In the short run, it's okay, but what about 10, 20, 50 years from now? Will my children suffer health problems? Will my daughter start getting her period at age four? This technology scares me to no end.

Please reconsider giving products from cloned animals approval. Or, if it is approved, require labeling on foods. On that matter, please require labeling on foods that contain genetically modified foods.

Thank you for your time.

Shannon A. Lee