2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC707
Submitter : Ms. Kirstin Arndt Date & Time: 01/04/2007 10:01:39
Organization : Ms. Kirstin Arndt
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I do not want to eat cloned animals or their offspring. Until there have been decades of trials and research into the effects of eating cloned animals, I will not trust them in my food supply. All too often something gets approved by the FDA, prescription drugs typically, then months or years later they find a fatal flaw. To mess with the milk supply, one of the necessary food groups, seems incredibly risky. That the FDA is calling the cloned animals virtually undistinguishable from the real thing means that they ARE NOT the same. Virtual reality is not reality. I can not even fathom why we would want to eat cloned animals, it is not as though we are running out of original animals. It might be cheaper for the slaughterhouse machine to simply replicate animals that have proven strong rather than pay attention to quality control among the herds, but it also goes against natural selection. I would hate to think that the FDA is being pressured by the meat industry hoping to improve their own bottom line.

That the FDA is considering not even labeling these products frightens me to no end. How am I supposed to avoid these unproven products if the FDA is not looking out for me? I suppose the non-cloned food makers will likely label their more natural products, but I should not have to rely on that. And the saddest part is that the poor in America will have no choice. While I can afford to buy organic products, most of the country does not have the luxury. It is bad enough they have to buy milk from animals that are fed growth hormones and produce that has been sprayed with chemicals. How far from pure will you allow the food supply to become before you draw the line?