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The recent decision by the FDA will only ignite a debate for years to come

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently made a tentative conclusion that meat and milk from some cloned animals is safe for human consumption.  The decision has paved the way for the United States to become the first nation that allows products from cloned animals to be sold in grocery stores. 

After years of numerous delays, the FDA report found that there is not much of a difference in composition of food from cloned animals compared to normal animals.  Even if the FDA's assessment is officially approved in 2007, consumers may not be able to products from cloned animals since the technology remains too costly to be widely used.

The decision on Thursday immediately drew comments from critics from across the nation.  Opponents to cloned food are aiming to throw Congressional pressure to delay the policy before it is finalized.

Consumer groups are gravely concerned over potential health issues that may arise in some of the cloned animals.  Some cloned animals may have weakened immune systems and will need more drugs to stay healthy, according to activists and critics.

Don't be surprised if you begin seeing some sort of "clone-free" labels on meat and dairy products from cloned animals.  Ben & Jerry's ice cream, for example, already mentions that its farmers do not use any sort of bovine growth hormone on its cows.  Many opponents are not necessarily against cloned food, but want to make sure consumers know exactly what they are purchasing.  The FDA found, however, that there is "no science-based reason" for having to label cloned foods.

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RE: Wonderful news
By StevoLincolnite on 12/31/2006 5:28:36 AM , Rating: 3
I don't believe in Heaven nor Hell, And I certainly do not believe in a God.
The only problem that I may see is, if one of these genetically altered or engeneerd animals escapes, and then starts mating with non-altered animals.
Could disrupt part of the eco-system.
And lets face it, the Eco-System has enough issues as is.

RE: Wonderful news
By ChoadNamath on 12/31/2006 3:16:16 PM , Rating: 3
Genetic engineering isn't magic. It's not about creating things that don't exist, it's about using the most beneficial genes/traits of an animal or plant to make a better product. If a genetically altered animal "escaped" and mated with a non-altered animal, it would create another animal of the same species, not some hideous hybrid. Like another poster mentioned, it really is no different from selective breeding, it's just more efficient.

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