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THE European Commission has launched an online consultation to gather views about food obtained from cloned animals and their offspring. Responses will contribute to the development of policy on this issue and measures the Commission plans to introduce next year.
Giving some background to the consultation, the EC says that the aim of cloning farm animals is not directly to produce food, as the costs of producing clones would be ‘prohibitive from an economic perspective’. Rather, the aim is to increase the number of high-quality breeding animals that produce reproductive materials (semen, ova and embryos), which are then used for the production of farm animals. ‘It is the offspring obtained from these reproductive materials and their descendants which are intended for the food production,’ the EC says. ‘However clones may also enter the food chain at the end of their reproductive life subject to a premarket authorisation under current EU legislation.’
The EC notes that, in 2008, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that ‘there is no indication of any difference in food safety for meat and milk of clones and their …
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