2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC743
Submitter : Dr. Lawrence Rowe Date & Time: 01/04/2007 10:01:23
Organization : U.C. Berkeley
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Food safety must be the paramount concern when judging proposed changes. Cloned food is not, in and of itself, bad. However, we run the risk of reducing the biodiversity that improves the probability of continued life. This might happen if industry discovers a few very successful clones and propagates those animals and plants to the exclusion of others. This seems like a bad idea.

Food labeling can and should reflect the content of the product. I see no reason why meat cannot be optionally labeled as to whether the product comes from cloned animals or plants. Food safety must take priority over industry concerns that consumers might boycott a product. I do not see why the government should make the decision for consumers of whether they want to consume a particular food.