Cloned Meat, Mostly Safe?
What the heck does that mean? Well, as far as the FDA is concerned “mostly safe” is a good enough reason to approve cloned meat and milk. Reuters reports:
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration report finds that meat and milk from cloned animals is, for the most part, safe to eat, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.I just don’t know about this. I think cloning has some interesting implications, but eating cloned meat gives me the willies. Fortunately some people want the FDA's decision to be delayed until more studies can be done.
The newspaper said it had obtained a copy of a long-awaited, 968-page "final risk assessment," from the agency ahead of release.
It said FDA experts measured vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6 and B12 as well as niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, fatty acids, cholesterol, fat, protein, amino acids and lactose in meat and milk from 600 cloned animals, including cattle and pigs.
Levels all looked normal.
The agency also found no health effects in animals fed meat and milk from cloned animals for more than three months.
"Food from cattle, swine, and goat clones is as safe to eat as that from their more conventionally-bred counterparts," the newspaper quotes the report as saying.
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