Azara Blog: Meat and milk from cloned animals is allegedly safe

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Date published: 2010/11/28

The BBC says:

Meat and milk from cloned cattle and their offspring are safe to consume, independent scientists have said.

The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes said it believed the food was unlikely to present any risk.
FSA chief scientist Andrew Wadge said: "The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes has confirmed that meat and milk from cloned cattle and their offspring shows no substantial difference to conventionally produced meat and milk, and therefore is unlikely to present a food safety risk."
Critics say there are strong ethical and animal welfare reasons to ban its use in European agriculture.

"There are many unanswered questions on the issue of cloning animals - both ethical and practical - and insufficient regulation," said a Soil Association spokeswoman.

"Not only does cloning have a negative impact on animal welfare, we also have no long-term evidence for the impacts on health."

The "critics" like the Soil Association will never be happy with any technology that is newer than the 18th century. It is unfortunate that food policy in the UK (and Europe) is not based on science but is instead based on manufactured hysteria. Animal welfare should be the one issue of concern here, not the anti-technological bias of certain unaccountable organisations.

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