US gov’t declares cloned meat safe to eat

The US government last week approved the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals for human consumption – and at the same time, asked farmers to keep them off store shelves. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared the products as safe for humans to eat as those from conventionally produced livestock.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), however, asked farmers to voluntarily keep milk and meat from cloned animals out of the human food chain to give consumers time to get used to the idea.

Reaction from US consumers has been mixed, but the European Union – which strongly opposes genetically modified crops – already announced its regulatory approval of these products last month.

Health Canada has not responded to the FDA ruling, but meat and milk from cloned livestock are not currently approved for human consumption in Canada.

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