2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC548
Submitter : Mr. Randal Hertzler Date & Time: 01/04/2007 08:01:18
Organization : Mr. Randal Hertzler
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
To Whom it May Concern:

I implore you to re-consider the decision that cloned cow products present no threat to humans. We're dealing with genetics here, folks, and our knowledge about the long-term consequences of cloned products entering the environment--let alone the food chain--is very dim at best. It takes many human generations for the consequences of such decisions to bear out, and by then Pandora's Box is already open. We know from innumerable cases that producing genetically identical "crops" opens those same materials to dramatically increased risk through the reduction of biodiversity. Lack of genetic variance leaves the door wide open to mass infection and disease by opportunistic and readily mutating micro- organisms.

Are the beef and milk industries really that hard pressed that this is necessary? These industries are already heavily subsidized by the American taxpayers, and opening the door to genetic tinkering only offers these industries another means of increasing profits. Unlike the past, however, the handouts impending from a ruling of "safe" genetic modification of beef and milk only *starts* with hitting Americans in the wallet: the much more serious--and irreversible--threat comes in the form of widespread tampering with the very fabric of life itself, and the unknown risks this poses to people and the environment.

No cloned cows!


Randy Hertzler
Rockville, MD