Milk and meat from cloned animals

I looked everywhere for info about the distribution in the US of milk and meat from cloned animals. I am trying to find out if it is actually in the market. I was not able to find any info on it, but I did find these articles. Looks like in the UK, cloned animals' milk and meat will be in the market soon. It will not be labeled ''cloned'', so no one will be able to know what they will actually be drinking, of course. How that will translate for us here in the US... not to worry. I am sure that  the industry and its puppet, the FDA, will have us consumer's best interests and health in mind, whatever the outcome may be. 

This from CNNHealth...

FDA OKs meat, milk from most cloned animals

January 15, 2008
Debate has raged around food products from cloned cattle, such as this one produced by the company Viagen.
Food from healthy clones of cattle, swine and goats is as safe as food from non-cloned animals, the Food and Drug Administration said in a report released Tuesday.
"Extensive evaluation of the available data has not identified any subtle hazards that might indicate food-consumption risks in healthy clones of cattle, swine, or goats," the 968-page "final risk assessment" concluded.
"Thus, edible products from healthy clones that meet existing requirements for meat and milk in commerce pose no increased food consumption risk(s) relative to comparable products from sexually-derived animals."

Meat and Milk from cloned animals soon to be in British supermarkets. Viva!'s reaction.

by Viva! on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 7:13am
Viva!'s letter to local papers highlighting the plight of cloned animals - and why their meat and milk will soon be flooding British supermarkets. No better time to go vegan! 

Dear Editor 

A Frankenfarm future edges closer to reality. After factory farming, and the British dairy industry’s recent push towards introducing mega-dairies comes the news from the EU that meat and milk from cloned animals will soon be flooding our supermarkets. And here’s the kick, even if we did want to avoid it we won’t be able to as it won’t be labelled as such.

Whilst some may dismiss this as EU madness, the surprising news is that Caroline Spelman, the Conservative food and farming secretary, led the call to abandon moves to regulate or allow the public to identify milk or meat from clones or their descendants. So much for consumer choice!

Currently, the Food Standards Agency had declared the practice illegal. This will now change, and as there are already over a hundred cloned offspring on British farms milk and meat from them is likely to be on sale here within months.

This is not scaremongering. Very real animal welfare implications have been identified, as cloning can lead a large number of miscarriages, deformed organs and even gigantism. It has the potential to cause suffering and distress in animals that are already worked beyond their natural capacities. This ‘playing god’ could even have unforeseen implications for human health in the future.

The list of reasons to avoid animal products gets longer. From preventing suffering, to improving your health, to protecting the planet – we can now add avoiding products from cloned animals. For free practical help on how to make the switch to a kinder, more ethical diet contact Viva!, 8 York Court, Wilder St, Bristol BS2 8QH or phone 0117 944 1000.

Yours faithfully

Justin Kerswell
Campaigns Manager
8 York Court, Wilder Street 
Bristol BS2 8QH Tel: 0117 944 1000 


Cloned Milk and Meat: What's the Beef?

Date: 09 January 2008 Time: 06:27 AM ET


FDA Says Meat, Milk From
Cloned Animals 'Safe' 

By Randy Fabi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Milk and meat products from cloned cattle, pigs and goats are safe for consumers to eat, according to a Food and Drug Administration document obtained by Reuters on Thursday.
The FDA findings bring the agency one step closer to determining whether to allow the commercialization of food from cloned animals. A final policy decision is expected next year.
Cloned animals -- which are genetically identical -- are attractive to the industry because ranchers are able to keep their favorite livestock, providing better tasting meat and more milk and eggs.
"Edible products from normal, healthy clones or their progeny do not appear to pose increased food consumption risk," said the 12-page executive summary of an FDA report. A copy of the report was provided to Reuters by an industry source.
The FDA is expected to release the executive summary of the new report on Friday. The entire report will be released at a later date.
The nascent food cloning industry, which includes companies such as ViaGen Inc., owned by Exeter Life Sciences, and Cyagra, is eagerly awaiting the FDA's decision on commercialization. Smithfield Foods Inc., the top U.S. pork producer, has a technology development contract with ViaGen.
Industry officials hope the FDA will make a decision on commercialization quickly as some companies have had difficulty raising funds from investors because of the uncertainty surrounding the issue.
An FDA spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
Biotech companies clone animals by taking the nuclei of cells from adults and fusing them into other egg cells from which the nuclei have been extracted. Livestock have already been cloned for sale to producers.
Some consumer groups have urged the FDA to address the moral and ethical concerns of animal cloning before approving its commercialization.
If the FDA does allow it, grocery stores are most likely to sell meat and milk from the offspring of cloned animals, the agency said. Their parents will probably not be slaughtered for food because of their high price tag.
A cloned calf can sell for as much as $82,000. An average calf sells for less than $1,000.
The FDA said cloned cattle between six and 18 months of age are "virtually indistinguishable" from their conventional parents, and can give birth to healthy offspring.
The FDA report does raise some concerns about cloned animals immediately after birth. Many of the young animals are susceptible to under-developed respiratory and cardiovascular systems, it said.
But as a food safety issue, the agency said the risk was small. "Given that live neonatal clones are unlikely to enter the food supply, they pose an extremely limited risk for consumption as food," the document said.
With most of the scientific research focusing on cloned cattle, the FDA said it had the most confidence that food products from cattle were safe. The level of certainty is highest for bovine clones, followed in decreasing order of certainty, by pig, goat and sheep clones, the report said.
The report did not address whether these food products should carry a special label alerting consumers that they are derived from cloned animals. FDA officials have said food from cloned animals would not be labeled if there were no significant health risks.
Earlier this year, Japan said it found no abnormalities in meat or milk from cloned animals, but called for creation of a system to deal with problems that might arise.
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