FDA seeks public comment on cloned food safety
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking
public comment on three documents relating to the safety of eating meat and milk
products from cloned animals.
The three documents issued by the FDA are: a draft risk assessment; a
proposed risk management plan; and draft guidance for industry.
"Based on FDA's analysis of hundreds of peer-reviewed publications and
other studies on the health and food composition of clones and their offspring,
the draft risk assessment has determined that meat and milk from clones and
their offspring are as safe as food we eat every day," said Stephen F Sundlof,
director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. "Cloning poses no unique
risks to animal health when compared to other assisted reproductive technologies
currently in use in US agriculture."
In spite of the agency's findings, it is still requesting that producers
and breeders do no introduce food from clones into the food supply.
"Because the release of the draft risk assessment and proposed risk
management plan marks the beginning of our interaction with the public on these
issues, we are continuing to ask producers of clones and livestock breeders to
voluntarily refrain from introducing food products from these animals into
commerce so that we will have the opportunity to consider the public's comments
and to issue any final documents as warranted," said Sundlof.
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