Saturday, 21 July 2018
Home arrow TF: Sustain. Tourism arrow Sustainable T&T News arrow Senator Migden Unveils Legislation Requiring Labeling

Travel Deals to top Destinations. Get yours now

Senator Migden Unveils Legislation Requiring Labeling PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 0

Last December the FDA approved a draft decision that meat and milk from cloned cattle, pigs and goats are ?as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals?. U.S. Food and Drug Administration could approve putting cloned meats and dairy products into the food chain as early as May.

Calling for protection of ?consumers? right to know?, State Senator Carole Migden today unveiled legislation which would require that milk and meat products from cloned animals that are intended for human consumption be clearly labeled.

The legislation, SB 63, was the focus of a State Capitol news conference today where Sen. Migden (D-San Francisco/Marin) posed the question ?Wouldn?t you want to know if you?re drinking milk from a cloned cow or feeding your children pork chops from a ?somatic cell nuclear transfer event??? Polls show that two-thirds of American consumers are ?uncomfortable? with the idea of cloning animals, and 43 percent believe food from cloned animals would be unsafe to eat.

Migden said:

California consumers want to know what they?re eating and what we?re feeding our children. People have the right to know if food is organic, if it contains pesticides or growth-promoting hormones, or if it?s from cloned or natural-bred animals. Consumers certainly don?t want to wrestle with moral issues like cloning while they?re doing the family grocery shopping.

Migden was joined by two national consumer groups, the Center for Food Safety and Consumers Union. Also participating were Marin County organic dairy owner Albert Straus of Straus Family Creamery and renowned Marin County cheese maker Sue Conley, owner of Cowgirl Creamery.

Eric Schlosser, bestselling author of Fast Food Nation, The Dark Side of the American Meal and Elliot Katz, DVM, founder of In Defense of Animals also spoke in support of SB 63.

Migden said SB 63 is necessary because the FDA is poised to approve adding cloned products into our food supply as early as this year. If the FDA confirms its decision after the public comment period ends in May, food products from cloned animals can be introduced into the food chain ? making our country the first to allow products form cloned animals to be sold for consumption.

In February, the Center for Food Safety released a critique of the FDA’s review of food from animal clones, demonstrating that the FDA’s safety claims are based on virtually no food-safety studies.

Rebecca Spector, West Coast Director of the Center for Food Safety said:

Animal clones should not be used for food until long-term studies show that this technology can be used safely and humanely. If these foods are then marketed, labeling should be required to ensure consumer choice for those who wish to avoid cloned food. Senator Migden?s bill will protect Californians if the FDA recklessly disregards the unknowns about cloned food.

The Straus Family Creamery called upon the FDA to reverse its approval of cloned meats and dairy:

If the FDA persists with this misguided policy, we strongly support the passage of SB 63, said Albert Straus. The FDA should not allow cloned-animal dairy products onto grocery-store shelves without adequate warning labels. In my opinion, our safety depends on knowing that our food is truly safe and sustainably produced.

After the news conference SB 63 was slated to receive its first legislative hearing this afternoon in Senate Health Committee.

You can view an executive summary of the Center for Food Safety?s report (pdf) on the FDA?s risk assessment at this link. To see the full report (pdf) visit this website.

Related blog posts:
FDA extends deadline for public comment on unlabeled cloned food
Food and Drug Administration ready to send in the clones
Bills would require cloned food to be labeled
?No? to milk from cloned cows says the largest milk company in U.S.
Support the Cloned Food Labeling Act in the House and Senate
Cloned food can?t be sold as organic
FDA OKs meat, milk from cloned animals

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Read more at:
< Prev   Next >
at LinkedIN

Tag Clouds

abstract abstracts academic acceptance accepted access across activities address africa african agricultural agriculture already although america american among analysis animals approach april arctic argues around article associated author authors available become before below benefits better business canada capacity carbon center centre challenges change changes changing china chinese cities clear climate committee communities community companies conditions conference congress conservation considered consumption contact contributions copenhagen costs countries cover critical crops cultural culture current deadline decades december demand department destination destinations details develop developed developing development different director discussion display document domestic double during early earth economic economy education effects efforts email emerging emissions energy english environment environmental europe european event events every examines expected experience experiences farmers featured february field final finance financial focus following foreign forest forests format found further future global globalisation government governments green greenhouse groups growing growth guidelines health heritage higher homepage hospitality hotel human image impact impacts include includes increase increased increasing india indigenous industry information innovation institute interest investment invited issue issues january japan journal knowledge large largest latest least leisure level levels limited local major making management march marine market marketing markets mdash media medical meeting members might migration million nations natural nature north observation october offers often online operations opportunities opportunity order organic organization organizations pacific papers particularly people place planet planning please policies policy political population potential poverty power practices present presentation presentations presented private proceedings process production products professor program programme project projects proposals protection provide provides public publication published quality range recent reduce reduction references region regional regions registration related renewable required research researchers resource resources responsible results review right rights rising rural school science scientific scientists search sector security service services session sessions several share significant signs since small social society source sources south special species specific state states strategies strategy students studies submission submissions submit submitted support sustainability sustainable symposium system systems technologies technology theme themes think three through times title today together topics total tourism tourist tourists trade travel trend trends under union university urban using various visit visitors vital warming water website welcome where whether wildlife within without women words working world worldwatch worldwide young

Tag Cloud, Joomla Modul

Hotelclub Membership 125x125

HotelsCombined - Search and Compare Hotel Prices for any city - Search and Compare Hotel Prices for any city
City From
New York
 US$24 - Search and Compare Hotel Prices for any city - Search and Compare Hotel Prices for any city
Vegas Tickets