FDA classifies meat from cloned animals as safe

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, December 29, 2006

Meat and milk products from cloned animals and their offspring are safe, according to a draft risk assessment released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The assessment says that meat and milk from cloned animals are “virtually indistinguishable” from conventional livestock thus drawing the conclusion that there does not appear a health-related risk.

For that reason according to FDA no extra labelling is required, but a final decision has not been made.

FDA said there will be a 90 day comment period on the risk assessment. During the comment period and the period following it when FDA analyzes feedback, a voluntary moratorium on the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals will remain in place.

In response, AMI Foundation President James H. Hodges agreed with the report's conclusion that the meat and milk from cloned animals are the same as those from conventional animals, because it is part of the evolution of breeding practices and technology. Apart from this he stated that the concerns consumers may have will be recognised seriously.

Hodges asked the government not simply to affirm its safety in the policy arena, but to assist consumers in understanding what cloning is, and what it is not, so that overall consumer confidence in the food supply would be maintained.