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Milk and Meat from

Clone Animals

Declared Safe to Eat


The UK's Food Standards Agency has finally declared milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring safe to eat.

Yesterday, the FSA's Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes concluded that:

The evidence showed no differences in composition between the meat and milk of conventional animals, clones or their progeny and is therefore unlikely to present any food safety risk.

But the statement clashes with the European Commission's (EC) position on food products from cloned animals - that they should be banned altogether.

The FSA's chief scientist, Andrew Wadge, said that the EC's position will be taken into account before the UK government is officially advised.

Meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring was declared safe by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2007, and farmers in the US, South America and Asia are free to breed from cloned animals.

In the UK, however, the sale of cloned meat - classed as a novel food - requires special authorisation. So this summer, when The New York Times reported that an unnamed British farmer claimed to be selling milk from cloned animals, the debate over the safety and ethical implications of cloning kicked off.

Despite the FSA's statement, clone critics are sticking to their guns. "There are many unanswered questions on the issue of cloning animals - both ethical and practical - and insufficient regulation," a Soil Association spokeswoman told the BBC. "Not only does cloning have a negative impact on animal welfare, we also have no long-term evidence for the impacts on health.


The UK was our last bastion of safety, this can't be good in the long run, cloning and making copies can only last a few times before the cloning breaks down and causes mutation that we will be consuming.




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