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RE: USA Today: FDA tries to remove genetic label before it sticks

  • Subject: RE: [cg] USA Today: FDA tries to remove genetic label before it sticks
  • From: "John Verin" jverin@pennhort.org
  • Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 09:51:35 -0400
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  • Thread-topic: [cg] USA Today: FDA tries to remove genetic label before it sticks

Please folks, take a moment to contact the FDA, Lester Crawford, specifically, and tell them you are in favor of labeling GMO food products.

Direct phone calls and paper letters/faxes are more effective than email.

Lester Crawford
Deputy Commissioner
Food and Drug Administration
Parklawn Bldg. Room 1471
Mail stop HF-1
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857

Crawford's phone 301-827-2410
fax 301-443-3100
DEPUTY.COMMISSIONER@FDA.GOV

http://www.fda.gov/comments.html
1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332) -- main FDA Phone Number (for general inquiries) 


Paco John Verin


> -----Original Message-----
> From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
> [mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Alliums
> Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2002 7:27 AM
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject: [cg] USA Today: FDA tries to remove genetic label before it
> sticks
> 
> 
> Hi, Folks!
> 
> Very interesting article from USA Today about the FDA's 
> disagreement with 
> the proposed Oregon GE labeling law which is to be voted on 
> by referendum 
> in the upcoming election.
> 
> Dorene
> 
> Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
> St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden
> 
> A mission of
> St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, 
> Phoenixville, PA  19460
> 
> 
> >FDA tries to remove genetic label before it sticks
> >By Elizabeth Weise USA TODAY
> >
> >
> >PORTLAND, Ore. -- In an unusual  move, the federal 
> government has warned
> >the
> >state of Oregon that it could be  interfering with national 
> food producers
> >if voters pass a ballot measure  requiring all genetically 
> modified foods
> >sold in the state to be  labeled.
> >
> >The unsolicited letter, which  arrived Monday in the office 
> of Oregon Gov.
> >John Kitzhaber, says the measure  "would impermissibly interfere with
> >manufacturers' ability to market their  products on a 
> nationwide basis."
> >The
> >letter was signed by Food and Drug  Administration deputy 
> commissioner
> >Lester Crawford.
> >
> >As much as 80% of the foods found in a typical American  supermarket
> >contain
> >at least one ingredient created from genetically engineered  crops.
> >Backers
> >of the measure don't claim the foods are dangerous, but they say
> >consumers
> >should be able to make informed choices. Critics say labeling is
> >expensive
> >and will force one label for Oregon foods, a different one elsewhere.
> >
> >If voters pass the measure Nov. 5, Oregon will be the first  state to
> >require labeling of so-called GE foods. Europe and Japan 
> already  require
> >labeling.
> >
> >The FDA letter now inserts a federal interest in what to  
> this point had
> >been a brewing state fight.
> >
> >Still, Measure 27 is the subject of intense interest far  
> beyond Oregon's
> >borders. Food suppliers and processors argue that if they 
> lose  in Oregon,
> >they'll face unjust suspicion from consumers that the foods 
> aren't  safe
> >and
> >the prospect of labeling laws in other states.
> >
> >"In this letter, we are not promising to take action, but  
> we are letting
> >the people of Oregon know, as best we can, what our views 
> are  about the
> >ordinance," a senior FDA official said.
> >
> >The FDA statement appears to allude to the commerce clause  of the
> >Constitution, which prohibits states from impeding the flow 
> of interstate
> >commerce, says Jonathan Adler, a professor of environmental and
> >constitutional  law at Case Western Reserve law school in Cleveland.
> >
> >The governor's press secretary, Tom Towslee, says the  governor was
> >surprised to get the letter. "For the federal government to 
> weigh  in on a
> >ballot measure in little old Oregon is a little unusual, but they
> >obviously
> >feel strongly about it," Towslee says.
> >
> >The two-page letter also states that the FDA has found  that, in its
> >scientific judgment, there "is no significant difference" between
> >bioengineered foods and their conventional counterparts.
> >
> >Donna Harris, who launched the campaign to get the  initiative on the
> >ballot, doesn't buy it. "If they're the same as everything  
> else, then how
> >come they have a patent on them?"
> >______________________________________________________
> 
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