Remind me again what the FDA is for?

Was it protecting people from bad corporate policy or is it protecting bad corporate policy from the people?

Evidently, the FDA counts the amount of signatures not by how many people signed, but how many different individual letters are brought to it. To the FDA, even tens of thousands of signatures presented on a single petition are counted as – you guessed it – a single comment.

This is how, despite over a million supporters being gathered by the petition, the FDA concluded a count of only 394.

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  1. James North says:

    F-Cking Dumb Assh-les?

  2. Jahangir Shah says:

    Start a campaign encouraging a million letters to be posted. do a template so it's nice and easy, the petitioner simply prints, signs and posts.
    It'll be hard for the FDA to ignore that.

  3. Daniel Panichelli says:

    Here here +Jahangir Shah.
    Use the system to break the system.

  4. Chris George says:

    +Daniel Panichelli Frank Herbert wrote an entire series of short stories about the Empire of the day and the Department Of Sabotage. The intent was to keep the government from taking over or getting too filled with their own sense of importance.

    The ultimate expression of "Using the system to break the system". I have often wondered if Herbert was on to something.

  5. Daniel Panichelli says:

    Too bad it usually takes more than simply playing by the rules to thoroughly destroy something….

  6. joe breskin says:

    This looks like the story the wire services picked up … same quotes in it

    FDA finally responds to GMO-labeling campaign but differs on numbers of supporters
    Written by Monica Eng
    Tuesday marked the deadline for the Food and Drug Administration to respond to the "Just Label It" petition, urging the agency to label genetically modified foods for American consumers.

    The anti-climactic response was essentially: We've made no decision and require more time.

    This is not an uncommon response and organizers say they are hopeful for something more substantive soon. But a more immediate source of friction involves the way the agency counts petitioners versus the way Just Label It does.

    Organizers say the campaign garnered more than a million supporters, far more than any other petition brought to the FDA in history. But the FDA disagrees. By its count the number is: 394.

    The agency says that if 35,000 people, for instance, sign their name to the same form letter it only counts as one person or "comment." And if tens of thousands sign a petition, they are only counted as one "comment," too.

    "This is the problem with the very un-friendly regulations.gov site," said Sue McGovern spokesperson for the Just Label It campaign in a statement. "It will not allow groups like Just Label It to direct individual comments from our site into theirs.

    Consequently, McGovern says JLI has to send its petitions and signatures as PDFs to the agency, where a petition with "tens of thousands of signatures/commenters" is counted as one.

    "It would be great if FDA would update their system to allow for more transparency by making a way for us to send in individual comments from our site so they would be visible to all without a FOIA," she said.

    FDA spokesperson Siobhan DeLancey said the rules are the same with for all citizens petitions to the FDA, also called dockets.

    "Because that's the case for all dockets," she said, "it's impossible for me to compare the claim of 1 million comments to other dockets–especially without knowing how JLI is defining a 'comment'." [Read More]

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