News update:Dec 26, 2006

Cloned meat and milk safe: FDA

A study conducted by US federal food scientists has concluded that meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring is safe to consume.

The study concluded that cloned meat and milk should be allowed into the food supply chain without any special labeling indicating that it's cloned.
The FDA scientists who wrote the paper, Larisa Rudenko and John C Matheson, said that products from cloned animals should be treated no differently to other food.
They said in a report in the 1 January edition of Theriogenology that, "All of the studies indicate that the composition of meat and milk from clones is within the compositional ranges of meat and milk consumed in the US".
Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Food Safety in Washington, said that their conclusions were a “rush to judgement”, considering the concern amongst the public about cloning.
A study released this month by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology found that 64% of US respondents were uncomfortable with animal cloning and 43% believed food from clones was unsafe.

Editor WorldPoultry

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