2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC478
Submitter : Ms. Melissa Carter Date & Time: 01/03/2007 03:01:34
Organization : Ms. Melissa Carter
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Food products created from cloned animals should be labeled as such for the consumer. This is relevant to the fact that many consumers (myself included) make their food purchases based on the farming methods employed to generate the food. The issue is not only about whether there is a distinguishable difference between cloned animals and non-cloned animals - the issue is about about providing a means for consumers to make informed choices when they buy if they wish to promote and/or support one type of farming method over another. For example: I choose to buy organically farmed food over conventional food because I choose to support the organic farming industry. My motivation is not strictly based on a belief that organic food is healthier to eat - it is also based on a desire to support an industry that I believe is healthier and more sustainable for the environment in general. In the case of cloned animal products, they absolutely should be labeled for the same reason. If I choose meat from non- cloned animals, it would not be because I think cloned animal meat is necessarily different than non-cloned meat, but rather because I would want to choose to purchase a product (non-cloned meat) that supports framing practices that do not include cloning for personal ethical reasons. With no labeling regulations, this takes away my ability to choose products based on my ethics. If this happened, I would never buy meat unless I could verify its source from a known market or butcher. If enough people feel the same way I do, this could adversely affect the sale of meat products in general. People might be reluctant to buy unless they can verify the meat source.