2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC469
Submitter : Mrs. Christine Villano Date & Time: 01/03/2007 03:01:01
Organization : Mrs. Christine Villano
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I am very disturbed at the potential for products from cloned animals entering the the market without any indication to consumers that they are from cloned sources. It is impossible to make decisions as an educated consumer without being given the information necessary to make those choices.
In my opinion, cloned animals have not been in existence long enough to make assumptions about the long term health implications involved with consuming products from them or their offspring. If cloned products were allowed into the market without labeling I personally would choose to buy only local organic products to avoid products from a cloned source. I'm sure many other consumers would as well. Our agricultural industry would not be able to keep up with the increased demand for organic products leading to increased prices, lower organic standards or both.
Also consider the religious and ethical issues that people would face knowing that they may unknowingly be ingesting products from cloned livestock. Changes to buying patterns would occur that would impact our economy, our agricultural industry, and possibly the health of some consumers that choose to boycott animal products.
I am requesting that the FDA reconsider it's stance on not requiring that these foods be labeled as cloned products and impose a requirement that all products from cloned sources or the offspring of cloned sources be labeled as such. As a consumer I feel that it is the duty of the FDA to ensure that the public is informed and feel that the consquences of not requiring this labeling are too widespread to ignore.