Food from clones safe
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.