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  • Robalini@aol.com
    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com FDA OFFICIALS TO BE CHALLENGED WITH FDA
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      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Thanks,

      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist
      http://www.konformist.com


      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
      WEBSITE:

      http://www.biointegrity.org

      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
      et al.

      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
      them.

      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
      website: http://www.biointegrity.org

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