Monday, January 01, 2007

2007..."Mooove Over 2006"

US body backs sale of cloned food

Meat and milk from cloned animals is safe for human consumption, the US food regulator said in a draft ruling. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that cloned cattle, pigs and goats produced food "as safe as the food we eat every day".

The agency suggested that the results meant it would be unlikely to recommend placing special labels on food from cloned animals. But consumer groups were less keen on the ruling, which could see the US become the first country to allow cloned food products into the food supply. ... .. . .. (Photo - AP)

If the meat is really safe as the US authorities claim, why can't they label it and allow consumers to decide?

-Padma Rao, Singapore

In an unrelated story*, US and Japanese scientists claim they have used genetic engineering to produce cattle that resist mad cow disease. It is hoped the cattle can be the source of herds that can provide dairy products, gelatin and other products free of the brain-destroying disease...

* Under current regulations, selling food from cloned animals is forbidden in Canada. -CBC


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