The European Commission has asked the European Food
Safety Authority (EFSA) look at the implications cloned meat for food safety,
animal health and animal welfare.
An advisory group on ethics would also be asked to update its 1997 ruling
which found that there were potential benefits for agriculture from the process,
though warned against reducing the gene pool too far. A Commission spokesman
said no company had yet applied to clone animals commercially or to import
cloned meat into the EU. He said the EU's 27 member countries would be asked for
their opinion but might not have a formal role in decision-making.
has consistently approved genetically-modified crops, a majority
of governments have combined to block the Commission's attempts to put them on
the market. They argue that the public is not prepared to eat them.
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