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Take Action Now!

Tell the FDA what you think about their policy on genetically engineered foods.


On October 25, 1999, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that
they will be holding public hearings (in Oakland, Chicago, and Washington)
and accepting written comments concerning the government's genetically
engineered food policy.
Please attend the public hearing and/or rally in Oakland on December 13,
1999 and send letters to the FDA by January 13, 2000.
Currently, 44 different genetically engineered (GE) foods are being sold
without mandatory labeling or long-term safety testing. There are
numerous health concerns about genetically engineered foods including:

* They may create new toxins or allergens or "enhance" existing toxins.

* Genes for antibiotic resistance are routinely placed in GE crops;
this may accelerate development of resistant bacteria, placing us all at
risk.

* Individuals with ethical or religious dietary concerns may be
unknowingly consuming foods that contain genes from other species.


Here's how you can get involved !

Come to the public rally (starts at noon) and show your concern. Register
to attend or speak at the public meeting in Oakland by filling out the
information on the back of this flyer and sending it in no later than
Friday, November 26. Don't forget to send in your written comments by
January 13, 2000. You can e-mail them through the web page below, or send
them to the address on the back.
Visit: www.FoodSafetyNow.org
To Send an Urgent Message to the Commissioner of the FDA

Please Call 415-643-9592 to get involved, or if you have any
questions.

Organized By:

Bay RAGE International Forum on Food and Agriculture (IFA)
Berkeley Food Policy Council Marin County Food Policy Council
Center for Food Safety Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet
Food and Farming Forum Organic Consumers Association
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy Pesticide Action
Network genetiX action! Sierra Club


Rally

Where: Outside of the public hearing (see below).
When: Starts at Noon, December 13, 1999.
Why: To demonstrate your concern about the dangers of G.E. foods. What to
Bring: Banners, signs, friends, costumes, and information

Public Hearing

WHEN: Monday, December 13, 1999 at 12 noon
WHERE: Oakland Federal Building, , 1301 Clay Street,Oakland, California
(Bart Station - Oakland City Center/12th Street)


Meeting Time: 9 am to 6 pm (an FDA invited panel will speak in the
morning and presentations by the public will be given in the afternoon.)
How to Attend: Everyone who wishes to attend must register 15 days before
the meeting (see form below to register).

Information on Written Comments
E-mail them through www.foodsafetynow.org (this will automatically send a
copy to the President, Vice President, and your representatives in
Congress), or mail to:
Commissioner Jane Henney, FDA Dockets Management Branch, Attn: Docket No.
99N-4282, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061,
Rockville, MD 20852.

To register to attend the FDA public hearing on genetically engineered
food
in Oakland, CA (December 13, 1999), please fill in the following
information about yourself. The deadline to register is Friday, November
26. Space is
limited, so register early. If you would like speak at the meeting,attach
a
separate sheet that outlines the nature of what you would like to say, as
well as a time you would like to speak, and contact information for those
who will be speaking with you.

Name
Title
Business Affiliation
Street Address
City State Zip Code
Phone Fax

Please cut out this form and mail or fax it by the deadline to:
Janet McDonald Fax: 510-337-6708
San Francisco District FDA Phone: 510-337-6845
e-mail: jmcdonal@ora.fda.gov
1431 Harbor Bay Parkway
Alameda, CA 94502-7070

Simon Harris, simon@organicconsumers.org
West Coast Field Organizer
Organic Consumers Association
3327 22nd Street
San Francisco, Ca 94110

Tel: (415) 643-9592 Fax: (413) 793-0451

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