The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed that meat and milk products from cloned animals are safe for human consumption. As expected, there is passionate debate whether these products are indeed safe, regardless of government agency approval. Much of this is personal preference and philosophy. Nevertheless, it would seem that the general public should have a choice. Unfortunately, there will not be any distinguishing label requirements:

“…But FDA won’t require food makers to label if their products came from cloned animals, although companies could do so voluntarily if they knew the source. Last month, meat and dairy producers announced an industry system to track cloned livestock, with an electronic identification tag on each animal sold. Customers would sign a pledge to market the animal as a clone.

But that system is voluntary, and there is no way to tell if milk, for example, came from the daughter of a cloned cow.”

link: FDA Says Cloned Animals Safe As Food

Would it not be prudent to have a tracking system going forward? It seems reckless, in spite of the safety approval, not to have a way of checking and distinguishing these products. The FDA must be forthright and acknowledge that there is not total certainty concerning the safety of these products. The approval is based on the statistical criteria with the present available data. The FDA is not prescient of future problems that might arise. If a recall was necessary in the future, there would be no labeling data to discriminate cloned products. It is disturbing that the public is not afforded this labeling. Individual choice simply is removed.

Catherine Forsythe
Director of Operations

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