2004D-0369 - Draft Guidance for Industry: Recommendations for the Early Food Safety Evaluation of New Non- Pesticidal Proteins Produced by Bioengineered Plants Intended for Food Use; Availability
FDA Comment Number : EC91
Submitter : Mr. Tim Wheeler Date & Time: 01/19/2005 11:01:01
Organization : National Association for Colitis
Health Care Association
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Issue Areas/Comments
I urge the FDA to devise rules to STOP the contamination of the food supply with experimental, unsafe, inadequately tested and unwanted Geneticallly Modified crops, organisms and traits which have potentially catstrophic environmental consequences, NOT find new ways to allow companies to do so. One has only to look at Monsanto's reckless introduction of RoundupReadyGMSoya to Argentina to realise the need for rigorous control and thorough testing of a GM crop before releasing it on an unsuspecting environment: New Scientist 17.04.2004 feature by Sue Branford, http://archive.newscientist.com/
I suffer from chronic Ulcerative Colitis, an Inflammatory Bowel Disease which like Crohn's Disease has at present an undiscovered cause. I am extremely worried and increasingly frustrated that it is becoming more difficult to avoid GM contaminated food in the UK and worldwide due to US commercial pressure forcing this unwanted nutritionally degraded food onto world markets, with NO regard for food safety. Allergen and other concerns mean my human right to eat safe food is eroded by GMcontamination and its potential impact on my medical condition.
The US must not become the Grim Reaper of a Poisonous Harvest for the rest of the world, merely because agro-chemical boitechs have wasted $millions on untested, unsafe and unwanted GM technology. Technological fixes have an unfortunate history of unforeseen long term consequences, especially when irresponsibly introduced as with the current insane proposals.