Organic will not include food from cloned animals

by Editor
Friday, January 18, 2008

OTA reiterated that meat and other products produced from cloned animals would not be able to be sold as organic in the U.S.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) issued the reassurance after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its conclusion that foods from cloned animals and their offspring are as safe as those produced from traditionally bred animals.

The national organic standards enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture require that organisms be developed and grown by systems that must be compatible with natural conditions and processes-including the breeding and raising of animals for meat and for dairy or other animal production.

Cloning as a production method is incompatible with the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and is prohibited under the National Organic Program regulations. Thus, animals produced using cloning technology are incompatible with national organic standards and could not be considered organic.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. Its more than 1,650 members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others.