Manufacturing News

FDA exploring safety of "cloned" food

January 1, 2002
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked companies that have cloned animals not to introduce the animals, their offspring, or milk or eggs into either human or animal milk supplies, the agency recently orchestrated a series of meetings among academics, food industry representatives and public interest groups to discuss "science-based" safety issues surrounding animal biotechnology.

Conducted by the National Research Council, the late-November meetings were scheduled to target a number of issues, from animal welfare and environmental concerns to the safety of cloned food. The majority of meetings were conducted behind closed doors, and resulting information will be included in a report to FDA.

Earlier this year, FDA began developing policy guidelines on whether cloned animals that are not genetically modified should be tightly regulated like drugs. As an interim measure, the agency urged companies that clone sheep, cows or pigs to file an application with the agency if they wished to sell cloned animals as food.

Among the companies currently involved in animal cloning are PPL Therapeutics, Infigen Inc. and Advanced Cell Technology. In June, an Infigen spokesman indicated that the companies first cloned cattle whose milk might be introduced into the food supply were due to be born last fall. However, the company said it would not release the cattle until it had regulators' support.

Cloning occurs when DNA from and adult cell is deposited in a female egg stripped of its own genetic material. The resulting embryo is then implanted into a surrogate mother.

FDA was planning to issue a position on animal cloning after the National Academy of Sciences had completed a report on potential hazards posed by cloned animals to other animals, human health or the environment. The report is due out early this year.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Fabulous Food Plant: Paramount Citrus

Learn more about this fabulous food plant in Food Engineering's article, found here.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

What was your favorite part of FA&M 2014?

View Results Poll Archive


Food Engineering Magazine

Food engineering magazine 2014 april cover

2014 April

Catch a preview of the Powder and Bulk Show in this April 2014 edition of Food Engineering. Also, be sure to check out a coffee stick making a real stir and a major advancement in the the pet food industry.
Table Of Contents Subscribe


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Food Master

Food Master Cover 2014Food Master 2014 is now available!


Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.


FE recent tweets