2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC477
Submitter : Dr. Gerald Deitzer Date & Time: 01/03/2007 03:01:23
Organization : University
Category : Academia
Issue Areas/Comments
How did this get to be a controversy? Does no one in this country take biology in school? There is clearly absolutely no difference in food safety or quality betwen a cloned animal and the animal from which it was derived. Both are genetically identical. Has the FDA been required to rule on the food safety of cloned strawberries? One hundred percent of commercially available strawberries are clonally propagated from runner tips. Who is responsible for this irrational argument? The hysteria generating media? Religious fanatics? Environmental extremists? Animal rights groups? The decision by the FDA to allow human consumption of meat from clonally produced animals is absolutely the correct decision and the only one consistent with rational scientific fact. Please do not be swayed by irrational and inappropriate arguments about the moral and ethical basis for such cloning. This is not the purvue of the FDA. The food safety issues are clearly not in question. As an agricultural scientist, I am always surprised and frustrated by the public's inability to understand or accept what many of us have spent our entire careers attempting to do to enhance food quality, safety and production. I thank the FDA for its support of rational scientific principles.