Wednesday, 16 Jan, 2008 Health & Fitness

Meat of Cloned Animals is Safe to Eat, FDA Says


The US Food and Drug Administration claimed that food from cloned animals is safe to eat and they need no special labeling. This caused a mixed reactions from the consumer federations, who refused to sell the cloned food.

The FDA reported that meat and milk from cloned swine, goats and cattle is not different from the conventionally bred animals. The officials also said that this food doesn't need special labeling after scientific conclusion.

Joseph Mendelson, legal director of the Center for Food Safety says that food from cloned animals should be labeled as safety and ethical issues of such food is still questionable.

Carol Tucker Foreman, director of food policy at the Consumer Federation of America, explained that FDA does not take into account the fact that according to several studies cloned animals have higher rates of mortality and deformity at birth.

In spite of this fact, FDA specialists say that when the cloned animals are 6 to 18 months old they are almost "indistinguishable" from the conventionally bred animals. The food is labeled when its characteristics are changed by the way it is produced.

Barb Glenn of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, said that cloned animals do not have their genes altered and they are "simply genetic twins" that are developed to improve their health.

There is no regulation in the United States that gives any protection to cloned animals and this becomes a primary concern for the Humane Society of the US who criticize FDA for "reckless action".

Many food companies refuse to sell the cloned food being afraid of the public rejection to eat meat and dairy products, knowing they were produced from the cloned animals.

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