RSC - ADVANCING THE CHEMICAL SCIENCES
08 February 2012
An online movement has erupted urging President Obama to cease ties between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and agricultural biotech company Monsanto. The petition specifically mentions Michael Taylor as a former vice president and lobbyist with the firm, and suggests that he should be removed from his position as the FDA's deputy commissioner for foods.
The petition wants to put an end to the revolving door letting former biotech employees join the FDA
Circulated through signon.org, the petition has garnered more than 380,000 signatures. The petition states: 'Taylor was in charge of policy for Monsanto's now-discredited GM (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rBGH), which is opposed by many medical and hospital organisations. It was Michael Taylor who pursued a policy that milk from rBGH-treated cows should not be labelled with disclosures.'