2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC793
Submitter : Ms. Susie Ross Date & Time: 01/04/2007 10:01:56
Organization : Ms. Susie Ross
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I believe products from any cloned animal, including the meat from a cloned animal's offspring should be clearly labeled so that those of us who may have moral objections to the cloning process itself will have a chance to make a personal and informed decision regarding the consumption of such products. To send a product to market, unmarked, is tantamount to fruit coming in from foreign countries unlabeled as to the country of origin. The labeling of the product is crucial to the consumer. The consumer's right to know should take precedence over the special interest food industry groups. There has been very few years of study regarding the consumption of meat or milk from cloned animals (or their offspring), not nearly long enough to determine whether the cloning process itself may impact upon humans and alter their DNA or cause cancer, etc. On a moral level, it would be offensive to me and others to eat products from unnatural animals, as cloned animals are not naturally conceived and therefore are not natural creatures but those that are genetically engineered to produce a superior profit for special interest groups. If there are individuals willing to consume such products, that is fine, so long as the products are labeled in an informative way so that the consumer has the choice whether to purchase the product or not. Kindly refrain from forcing the consumer into eating and drinking products from cloned animals or their offspring.