Products from cloned animals 'don't need warning labels'

14th December 2010 - Fine Cut

Milk and meat from the offspring of cloned animals may soon appear on supermarket shelves without warning labels, informing customers of their origin.

As reported by ITN News, the food safety watchdog is set to tell the Government that the products do not need special authorisation before they can be sold in the shops. According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board there are no safety reasons that would mean meat products sold from cattle or pigs bred from cloned animals, would need to be regulated.

European law states that food or drink produced from cloned animals is required to pass a safety evaluation, in addition to being approved under the Novel Food Regulations before they are marketed.

The decision by the FSA to refrain from specifying on labels when products are from cloned animals could lead to a range of food products being able to be sold freely and unlabelled on the high street.

According to the FSA there is no difference between meat and milk from the descendants of cloned animals and that from the cloned animals themselves.

The agency also said that mandatory warning labels would be of no benefit to shoppers as they would not offer food safety. The board reached their conclusion following an investigation which was launched when it emerged that beef from the offspring of a cloned cow was sold and eaten in the UK.

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