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