FDA says food from animal clones is safe

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Thursday, January 17, 2008

After years of detailed study, FDA has concluded that meat and milk from clones of animals and their offspring are as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals.

Studie and analyses of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been carried out with meat and milk from clones of cattle, swine, and goats, and the offspring of clones from any species traditionally consumed as food. There was insufficient information for the agency to reach a conclusion on the safety of food from clones of other animal species, such as sheep, FDA said.

FDA issued three documents on animal cloning outlining the agency’s regulatory approach – a risk assessment, a risk management plan, and the guidance for industry.

The documents were originally released in draft form in December 2006. Since that time, the risk assessment has been updated to include new scientific information. That new information reinforces the food safety conclusions of the drafts.

According to AMI Foundation President James H. Hodges, the cloning of animals is a new technology and AMI members will evaluate it, as well as consumer attitudes, very carefully.