FDA APPROVAL OF FOOD FROM CLONED ANIMALS STALLED BY PASSAGE OF MIKULSKI-SPECTER AMENDMENT IN FARM BILL!
(December 14, 2007) A broad coalition of consumer, farmer, and animal welfare organizations today applauded passage of a provision in the Senate’s Farm Bill (H.R. 2419) that would delay the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) endorsement of the use of food from cloned animals. This amendment, advanced by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and co-sponsored by Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), calls for a rigorous and careful review of the human health and economic impacts of bringing cloned food into America’s food supply. The senate overwhelmingly passed the bill this afternoon by a vote of 79 to 14.
... The bill also directs the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to examine consumer acceptance of cloned foods.
During a public comment period that ended earlier this year, the FDA heard from more than 150,000 citizens rejecting the Agency’s proposed plan to introduce clones into the U.S. food supply.
We applaud the Senate's passage of this amendment, and hope the House will follow its lead!
I applaud this most significant turn of events, the people have spoken, our leaders listened, responded-oh the things we can do as united, concerned citizens of this nation. I had intended no writing on the weekends, but! I had to climb up on this soap box and speak a little about food safety. This issue of cloning had gotten my feathers riled up over the last year. I for one do not want to ingest a lab experiment of the bovine3xz09 variety. That is my right, at least-not to be spoon fed what the FDA deems as edible, healthy, cloned food. UH-UH. Pass me the beef, the pasture raised naturally created kind. Call me a hayseed, but I want to know where it came from (label it!),what sustained it(buy local!) who raised it(again, buy local!)and no unnatural additives, be they hormonal or otherwise. The need to jump on this bandwagon is great, for the next war will be the labeling, and I believe we have every right to expect disclosure of origin. If you agree, I urge you to contact your representives, via letter,email, phone call. It really matters. It helps. Be heard-not herded.
Sure you're busy,it's the helter skelter hallelujah time of year-but my hope is you would put this issue on the back burner, let it simmer there for awhile-enjoy your holidays-but perhaps resolve to write that letter on January 1st?, or-if you're a bit hung over, maybe the 2nd, ok? Thank you, I believe given the opportunity, the time to stew something over-we all usually do the right thing. For us and for our neighbor and our neighbor's neighbor-looking out, looking up, looking forward-together. I'll step down now, the soap box will be put away for a time...be well. And, do take care-