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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

It's True! Cloned Products May Come to US

An earlier story we posted about the European Food Safety Agency stated that the US was expected to introduce cloned animal products onto its supermarket shelves later in the year.

I had to verify this. And here it is.

The FDA is saying it's safe, but that we still have three to five years before the product hits the stores.

The Food and Drug Administration ruled Tuesday that animal products from cloned animals is safe for consumption, yet the product will not hit store shelves for three to five years. The ruling comes a year after the FDA sought public comment as to whether the products should be available to consumers. "After reviewing additional data and the public comments in the intervening year since the release of our draft documents on cloning, we conclude that meat and milk from cattle, swine, and goat clones are as safe as food we eat every day," said Stephen Sundlof, director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.~~ The cloning industry has voluntarily said they would register cloned animals so their products could be segregated once they enter the food supply.

Their reluctance may partially stem from the statement at the bottom of this article.

Gallup Polls report more than 60 percent of Americans think it is immoral to clone animals, and the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology found that a similar percentage say that, despite FDA approval, they won't buy cloned milk.

Photo by Annie's Homegrown.

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