Food from clones safe

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SCI­EN­TISTS in the US Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) have con­cluded there is no dif­fer­ence be­tween food from cloned an­i­mals and food from con­ven­tional live­stock, set­ting the stage for the US gov­ern­ment to de­clare cloned an­i­mals safe for the hu­man food sup­ply.

FDA sci­en­tists writ­ing in the Jan­uary 1 is­sue of The­ri­ogenol­ogy pub­lished on­line ear­lier this month, con­cluded ‘that meat and milk from clones and their prog­eny is as safe to eat as cor­re­spond­ing prod­ucts de­rived from an­i­mals pro­duced us­ing con­tem­po­rary agri­cul­tural prac­tices’.

They also be­lieved no spe­cial la­bels were needed for food from clones or their off­spring. Con­sumer groups say la­bels are a must, be­cause sur­veys have shown peo­ple to be un­com­fort­able with the idea of cloned live­stock.

The FDA will ac­cept com­ments from the pub­lic af­ter is­su­ing a risk as­sess­ment yes­ter­day.

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