2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC551
Submitter : Mr. Jaimie Ruiz Date & Time: 01/04/2007 08:01:45
Organization : Mr. Jaimie Ruiz
Category : Food Industry
Issue Areas/Comments
I am appaulded and disgusted with the recent FDA statement that cloned animals used for breeding, food, etc. will not require any labeling distiguishing the product as having ingredients aquired by cloned animals or something similar. This is a travesty because of the fact that it is misleading and deceptive. If there is nothing different from it other than the fact that it is cloned...is that not distiguishing enough? More importantly, if there is nothing different, why the resistance to put a label stating that foods having cloned ingredients or by-products were used in the production of those specific foods, but that there has been no evidence that it is any different from naturally birthed animals? Every food product is required by FDA regulations to have a listing of the ingredients used in production of the food product. Why would this be any different? We have organic beef, we have grain fed beef, we have ingredients that most cannot pronounce, but to some...just a few, knowing those ingredients is the difference between life and death. Why does the FDA not want to require the food industry to acknowledge that 'cloned animals and/or their by-products have been used in the manufacture of a given product?' I implore you to reconsider this decision. The American people are relying on the FDA to assist them in requiring the food and drug industry to give enough information on their products for the American people to make a sound and informed choice in the purchases they make. Whether or not there is a difference between a naturally birthed calf or a cloned calf is not the point...the point is that the FDA, by not requiring any distiguishing labeling, is not only contradicting the precedent it set by requiring food manufacturers to label the ingredients, but is also participating in the practices that the American people believe it to be protecting them fromthose practices the FDA is thought to be handling are: the prevention of using misleading information (also an FCC issue), unhealthy practices, as well as serving as defenders of the people of our great Nation from corrupt and unethical entities and practices. Please reconsider the decision to allow any cloning realted to produce and agriculture to not be required to have any labeling that informs the consumer of exactly what they are buying.

Thank you,
J. Ruiz