FDA: Cloned meat safe to eat

JANUARY 17, 2008óWell, hello Dolly.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it found no evidence that cloned meat poses any kind of public health risk, removing the final barrier to selling meat and milk from cloned cows, pigs and goats in the United States.

Additionally, the FDA asked the meat and dairy industries to continue its voluntary ban on using cloned animals. The moratorium does not apply to the offspring of cloned livestock.

Cloned cows, pigs and goats won’t reach the top of the food chain anytime soon, since the cost to clone an animal is prohibitively high.

It is expected that clones of the best breed stock will be made to produce offspring for human consumption.

The FDA decision on labeling is the most controversial as it doesn’t plan to require that products indicate whether the meat or milk was made from cloned livestock.

Care2 members indicated their opposition to the consumption of cloned livestock in a recent poll of 2,589 members. Sixty-two percent said they wouldn’t eat it, 27 percent said they don’t eat meat and 11 percent said they would eat meat from cloned animals.

By Care2 editorial staff

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Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh Harter2 years ago

Not really sure how I feel about this. I would imagine that ensuring the meat is coming from free-range, grass-fed cows is more important than whether or not the animal was a clone, but then again, cloning is a very new technology. There's a lot about it that we don't fully understand, and until more is known we really can't be sure how safe cloned meat is.

Barbara D.
Past Member 2 years ago

Wouldn't bother me at all. But it should be labeled for those who do care.

Lisa Ann Magerman
Lisa M.2 years ago

So Happy To Be Vegan.

aj E.
aj E.3 years ago

no thanks.

Penny B.
.3 years ago

Thanks for the info., cloned meat is not my choice.

Brian M.
Past Member 3 years ago

Good article. Clearly, the rulings of the FDA are easily bought. This Care 2 user will neither eat cloned meat, GMO, or any other weird science food.

Abbe A.
Azaima A.3 years ago


Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

Just the thought that the animal has been cloned doesn't set well with me!

Melissah Chadwick
Past Member 3 years ago


Dale Overall

Nothing wrong with meat if it is organic and free range. The key is eating small portions. People in some countries eat far too much of it at one go especially in the West.

Agreed, it the cloned meat is not labelled one does not know unless one purchases the meat from an organic source, free of hormones/antibiotics and fed their natural diet. In many countries GMO veggies isn't labelled either.

Yes, GMO veggies/fruits are frightening. Monsanto wants to do away with heirloom/heritage seeds and have farmers stuck with their GMO poison. Some farm hens/animals or wildlife have died when eating GMO crops. Why?