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January 15, 2008

FDA Says Let Them Eat Clones (but don't tell them)

The FDA released its Cloned Meat documents today.  So begins the official statement:

FDA Issues Documents on the Safety of Food from Animal Clones

After years of detailed study and analysis, the Food and Drug Administration has concluded that meat and milk from clones of cattle, swine, and goats, and the offspring of clones from any species traditionally consumed as food, are as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals. 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.

Here's the FDA Press Release

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The guidance doesn't seem by my reading to say "don't tell them." If anything, a good argument could be made that the guidance leans towards disclosure - it suggests that "clone free" labels will be the ones getting heightened scrutiny (for truthfulness.)

Posted by: well | Jan 18, 2008 2:20:44 PM

Yes, but don't you think that heightened scrutiny for "clone free" labels is a preference for non-labeling? I think it will be interesting to see which way this goes. Consumers seem to be hesitant about meat and milk from clones, and when consumers are hesitant, producers prefer not to provide label information. If FDA says the meat is identical, then a "clone-free" label, although truthful, can be construed as misleading if it is seen as implying a superior product.

Posted by: Donna Byrne | Jan 19, 2008 12:13:06 PM

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