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.
While EFSA 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.