Printer Friendly

FDA tentatively okays cloning animals for milk and meat.

Milk and meat from some cloned farm animals are safe to eat, says the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But what is doubtless going to be a controversial ruling isn't likely to have any immediate impact.

For one thing, that ruling still needs to be finalized before the United States becomes the first country to allow products from cloned livestock to be sold in grocery stores. For another, the technology for cloned foods is still too expensive to be used widely. But the anti-cloning sharks are gathering.

"At the end of the day, FDA is looking out for a few cloning companies and not for consumers or the dairy industry," said Joseph Mendelson, legal director for the Center for Food Safety, an advocacy group, which argues that the science is shaky and that consumer surveys show that most people are opposed to cloning animals, let alone eating them.

Opponents hope to bring Congressional pressure to bear to derail the policy before it becomes final, or at least to require that such foods be labeled so consumers can choose to avoid them. FDA officials said that it was unlikely that labeling would be required because food from cloned animals is indistinguishable from other food, although a final decision about labeling has not been made.

The FDA's finding comes more than six years after the agency first decided to study the matter, after recognizing that the advent of cloned farm animals raised a food safety issue. After that study, the agency in 2003 gave a tentative approval to cloned animals for food. But the FDA retreated after its own advisory panel found there was insufficient scientific backing.

This time, FDA officials presented substantial new data in a nearly 700-page "draft risk assessment." The assessment concluded that milk and meat from cloned cows, pigs and goats, and from their offspring, were "as safe to eat as the food we eat every day," said Stephen F. Sundlof, the FDA's chief of veterinary medicine.
COPYRIGHT 2007 E.W. Williams Publications, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2007 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Quick Frozen Foods International
Date:Jan 1, 2007
Previous Article:Indian frozen food products.
Next Article:Devi Marine, tiger of shrimp production, sees new opportunities in tuna business.

Related Articles
Scientists for FDA hesitating on green light for cloning.
Meat, milk from cloned cattle are almost same as conventional cattle, study finds.
Majority of consumers would buy cloned meat.
FDA to approve sale of milk and meat from clones.
FDA's approval of cloned foods may lead to labeling controversy.
FDA seeks comments on animal clones.
FDA: cloned meat will not have special labels.
U.S.'s largest milk company will not use ingredients from cloned animals.
FDA prepared To announce approval Of sale of meat and milk from clones animals.
FDA approves sale of meat and milk from cloned animals; USDA more cautious.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |