2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC996
Submitter : Dr. Steven Barnicki Date & Time: 01/04/2007 12:01:13
Organization : Dr. Steven Barnicki
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
There is no advantage in depriving consumers of information. A simple lable such as "Derived from a cloned animal" would inform consumers on meat, milk, and other products. Let the marketplace decide if this makes a difference. Many consumers do not buy milk unless it is labeled BGH- free. Not labeling as derived from a cloned animal (or other type of label) is failing consumers, and caving to the many large agriculture special interest groups. The FDA should be on the side of the American Public, not the special interests. In spite of the current science saying there is no difference in cloned animals, it has been proven many times in the past, that the current science does not measure up to the coming science when something what was sure, becomes not sure, or something totally unexpected appears (cite prions as an example). Be on the conservative side and require a simple label.