Unlabeled cloned meat enters UK food chain
The FSA confirms meat from a bull, Parable, entered the food chain. Parable was born in May 2007 and slaughtered May 5, 2010. FSA also confirms meat from another of the bulls, Dundee Paratrooper, entered the food chain in 2009. The agency believes meat from both of these animals was consumed.
A third bull,
Of the four female cows, Dundee Paradise is alive on a
FSA has been working to trace these animals’ offspring, which the agency believes are too young to be milked or used for breeding purposes. The agency has reminded farmers with these animals that they will need authorization under the Novel Food Regulations if they are to use any products from them.
Meat and products from clones and their offspring are considered novel foods. (A novel food is a food or ingredient without a significant history of consumption within the European Union before May 15, 1997.) While there is no evidence that consuming products from healthy clones-or their offspring-poses a food safety risk, novel foods need to be authorized before being placed on the market, according to FSA.
In the US, according to a January 5, 2008 statement made by Bruce Knight, USDA under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs on FDA risk assessment on animal clones, “USDA fully supports and agrees with FDA’s final assessment that meat and milk from cattle, swine and goat clones pose no safety concerns, and these products are no different than food from traditionally bred animals.”As of the statement date, Knight said, “We understand there are currently only about 600 animal clones in the