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FDA OFFICIALS TO BE CHALLENGED WITH FDA INTERNAL WARNINGS
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ALLIANCE FOR BIO-INTEGRITY TO CHALLENGE U.S. FOOD &
DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) OFFICIALS AT NOVEMBER 30TH MEETING ON GENETICALLY
ENGINEERED FOODS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
WILL CONFRONT AGENCY WITH EVIDENCE IT COVERED-UP MEMORANDA FROM FDA EXPERTS
WARNING ABOUT UNIQUE HEALTH RISKS OF BIOTECH FOODS
PHOTOCOPIES OF THESE INTERNAL FDA DOCUMENTS NOW PUBLISHED ON ALLIANCE'S
FDA Commissioner Dr. Jane Henney and her top officials will receive
strong criticism of the agency's policy on genetically engineered foods
from a public interest attorney at the open meeting to be held by the
agency in Washington, D.C. on November 30. Steven M. Druker, executive
director of the Alliance for Bio-Integrity, will fault the FDA for
ignoring scientifically justified safety concerns in approving
genetically engineered foods.
He has been invited to present his views as a member of the panel on
Scientific, Safety, and Regulatory Issues.
His criticisms will be aired on the day the World Trade Organization
conference starts in Seattle, with the U.S. delegation insisting that
FDA policy on genetically engineered foods is science-based and that
widespread concerns in Europe and Asia are unscientific and irrational.
Mr. Druker will specifically critique the FDA for turning its back to
repeated warnings from its own scientists about the unique risks of
genetically engineered foods and for then proclaiming itself "...not
aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods
differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way."
These warnings recently came to light when the FDA was required to
disclose its internal files during the course of a lawsuit headed by
Druker's organization, Alliance for Bio-Integrity, et al. v. Shalala
The suit, which is pending in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.,
demands that the FDA institute mandatory safety testing and labeling of
all genetically engineered foods. Mr. Druker organized an unprecedented
coalition of eminent scientists and religious leaders to stand as
plaintiffs, and he is also serving as one of the attorneys.
After Druker and co-panelists have made their statements, Commissioner
Henney and other FDA officials will have an opportunity to dialogue with
The panel discussion will occur during the morning session, which runs
from 10:00 A.M. until 1 P.M at the Cohen Auditorium in the Wilbur J.
Cohen Building, 330 Independence Ave S.W., Washington, D.C.
Note: Exact copies of several FDA documents expressing concern about
risks of bioengineered foods are now on the Alliance for Bio-Integrity
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