2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC1125
Submitter : Mrs. C Meli Date & Time: 01/04/2007 12:01:01
Organization : Mrs. C Meli
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I respectfully disagree that food products from cloned animals be allowed into the public food supply without any consumer labeling. For some of us, the choice to refrain from eating food products from cloned animals is based on a religious objection to cloning in general and for others, it is an objection based on a desire for food true to its original source and not tampered with or altered chemically or scientifically. Not requiring labels on cloned food products denies us the right to choose.

Your interpretation of current data and opinion regarding cloning and cloned food products differs greatly from that of my family. We do not believe there is sufficient history or data regarding the safety of cloned food products nor do we accept that cloning is a necessary and/or beneficial approach to animal husbandry practices for food production. We do not support this practice at all.

With the various views held on this issue it is likely that a stance of 'agree to disagree' may be needed, and so while we strongly object to the introduction of cloned food products into the marketplace, we argue even more strongly that strict labeling requirements be put in place so that the final choice can be put into the hands of consumers. Please do not disregard the religious and dietary objections of thousands of Americans by failing to require such labeling, should the ban on these food products be unfortunately lifted.

Thank you for considering our opinion on this matter.

The Meli Family
Danbury, CT