The following excerpt is taken from the website www.organicconsumers.org, and it is worth a minute of your time to read. As a concerned parent and consumer, I am deeply troubled by the actions the FDA is taking towards the sale of cloned meat and milk from animals and am appalled that they have stated that there will likely be no label for these products as well. We have yet to receive concise facts that cloned meat, milk and cheese can be deemed safe, and we need to let the FDA be aware of our concerns on this issue. You can also go to this link to sign up a petition to the FDA and read the same article there.
TAKE ACTION: FDA APPROVES FOOD FROM CLONES
Despite a September survey found that 64% of Americans are repulsed by the idea of eating food from cloned animals, the FDA announced this week that milk, eggs and meat from cloned animals will soon be allowed on the market.
Ignoring a number of disturbing studies suggesting potential human health hazards, Stephen F. Sundlof, director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine said "that meat and milk from cattle, swine and goat clones is as safe to eat as the food we eat every day." Consumer, food safety, and animal welfare groups have condemned the announcement, pointing out that animal cloning is inherently unpredictable and hazardous, and that the practice of cloning has led to a high number of cruel and painful deformities in the experimental animals' offspring.
Recognizing that requiring labels on cloned food would lead to a massive boycott by consumers, FDA bowed to industry lobbyists by stating that there likely will be no required labeling of food products containing ingredients from cloned animals. The FDA's controversial proposed regulations in the Federal Register will now be followed by a three month public comment period.
The OCA is calling on health and humane-minded consumers across the nation to stop this outrageous and hazardous regulation from coming into force as federal law. The FDA will be accepting comments until April 2007. Please consider making the message an/or subject line below unique before submitting to the FDA. Thanks!
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Secretary of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human
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