FDA Comment Period Extended to May 3rd
for Docket 00N-1396

Action Alert on FDA's Proposed Rules on GE Foods

Action Alert on FDA's "No Labeling, No Safety Testing" Proposed Rules
on Genetically Engineered Foods issued Jan. 17, 2001

Take Action!

The FDA has announced an official citizen comment period until April 3 (extended to May 3rd),
2001. Write to the FDA Commissioner's office and tell them that the
new policy is unacceptable. Tell them you are disappointed that the FDA
continues to ignore the safety concerns of consumers and chooses instead
to help the companies developing biotech products. Demand that she
change the policy on genetically engineered food to one that protects
the rights of the consumer. A sample letter follows.

Send your e-mails to fdadockets@oc.fda.gov, subject re: docket .
00N-1396, or write to:

FDA Commissioner Dockets Management Branch
(HFA 305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fisher's Lane,
Room. 1061 Rockville MD 20852

For the full text of the FDA rules, visit:
Premarket Notice Concerning Bioengineered Foods (extended to May 3rd)
Comment period ended April 3rd 2001 for Voluntary Labeling docket below.
Guidance for Industry. Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have or
Have Not Been Developed Using Bioengineering

Sample Letter:

Dear FDA Commissioner,

The proposed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations fail to
require labels or safety tests on genetically engineered (GE) food. The
new rules continue to deny Americans the right to know what is in our
food, while protecting the economic interests of biotech corporations.

Labeling GE foods would protect the public from potential hazardous
health effects such as food allergies and toxicity that can only be traced
if GE foods can be identified. By refusing to require both labeling and
mandatory pre-market safety testing of foods, the FDA puts consumer's
health at risk, ignores possible environmental hazards, and fails to satisfy
the overwhelming desire of American consumers to exercise freedom
of choice in the marketplace.

It is not enough to require that firms simply notify you of their intent to
market a food produced with genetic engineering; this is no substitute for
thorough pre-market safety testing. The proposed "voluntary labeling"
guidelines will do nothing to inform consumers of the presence of genetically
engineered ingredients in their food, because biotech companies and food
manufacturers have vehemently opposed labeling in the past and will not
voluntarily label their foods in the future.

Therefore, I urge you to keep all genetically engineered ingredients and
crops off the market unless or until:

1) Independent safety testing demonstrates they have no harmful effects
on human health or the environment;

2) They are labeled to ensure consumers¹ right-to-know; and

3) The biotechnology corporations that produce them are held responsible
for any harms they may cause.


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