Tell the FDA: Reject genetically engineered mosquitoes in the Keys

Tell FDA: Reject GE mosquitoesA private, British company called Oxitec wants to use the Florida Keys as its first testing ground for releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes in the U.S. wild.

The U.S. has no laws on the books to properly regulate the field release of genetically engineered bugs and other animals, so Oxitec has applied for Food and Drug Administration approval under antiquated regulations meant for "new animal drugs."

Under this process, Oxitec's plan could be approved at any time -- with little to no warning or public input and without a rigorous, independent scientific review of the bugs' potential health and environmental impacts.

Tell the FDA: Reject Oxitec’s risky experiment and halt approval of all genetically engineered animals until we have laws capable of protecting public health and our environment.

Dr. Bernadette Dunham, Director

Food & Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine
7519 Standish Place, HFV-12
Rockville, MD 20855

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