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From Franken-plants to cloned cows.

Thank you for calling attention to the serious lack of labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the U.S. ("Ah-tchoo!" Your Health, November/December 2006). The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) refusal to require the labeling of GMOs, which prevents consumers from fully exercising their right to choose what foods they want to feed their families, is astounding. Now we are facing a similar confrontation over cloned foods. The FDA is considering allowing milk and meat from cloned animals into grocery stores without any labels at all. The FDA has repeatedly stated that it will consider the ethics associated with cloning, including labeling concerns, but it has yet to act on this promise.

Nina Mak

Research Analyst

American Anti-Vivisection Society

Jenkintown, PA

Editor's Note: In late December, the FDA declared that food from cloned animals is safe for consumption and the government is unlikely to require labeling of cloned food. Public comment on the matter closes this month. Submit comments here:
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Title Annotation:ADVICE & DISSENT: Letters from our readers
Author:Mak, Nina
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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