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January 4, 2008

FDA to Clear Cloned Livestock

A Wall Street Journal article by Jane Zhang, John W. Miller and Lauren Etter notes that the FDA is expected to declare as early as next week that milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring are safe for consumption.  The article notes that "[c]onsumer wariness toward cloned food may lead to a backlash from opponents in Congress and other markets, such as the European Union, who are concerned that not enough data are available for a viable study on the safety of the products, and that "[t]here are also ethical worries because cloned animals tend to have more health problems at birth than conventionally bred animals."  The FDA's action will be followed closely internationally.  The European Food Safety Authority, the EU version of the FDA, is expected to deliver an initial assessment on the issue next week, although a final decsion is not expected for month.  EU regulators and consumers are not likely to respond favorably to the idea of consuming cloned animals and their offspring.

MKS

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