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May 10, 2000


GMA Petition on labeling of GE Foods


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Dear Dr. Prakash,

First, I compliment you on the AgBioView dialogue you are overseeing. As a
member of the food processing industry, it has been helpful in formulating
my own responses to customer inquiries in this area.

Secondly, in case you are not aware of of the Grocery Manufacturer's
Association (GMA) petitions to FDA and FTC on the labeling issues of GE
Foods, I bring that to your attention. Their web sight is:


From their home page, clicking on "News" will lead you into the press
release of May 5, 2000 and on to three documents. Not only are there the
two petitions mentioned above, but GMA has also developed a document
entitled "Guides Concerning Claims about Modern Biotechnology Used in the
Production of Foods."

The general discussion is not only a summary of some of the issues, but it
may also be helpful for those in the AgBioView Group not so familiar with
US regulations.

Best Regards,

Carl B. Heckel, Chemist
Technical Services Manager
Aarhus Inc.
Port Newark, NJ