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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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Choice is also an issue
By Flunk on 1/1/2007 12:41:46 PM , Rating: 2
I think the point that most people are missing here is that they do not require labeling of cloned meats. Although I do not necessarily disagree with the development of agricultural cloneing (as it may be required to feed our growing world population). I believe that people should be informed about what they are eating.

I think that any foods that contain cloned or genetically modified foodstuffs should be clearly labeled so that the consumers can choose whether or not they want to purchase them.

Hopefully the Canadian government (where I live) handles this better.




RE: Choice is also an issue
By Ringold on 1/1/2007 3:13:41 PM , Rating: 2
I think we (US) has handled it fine. The government has said its safe as far as can reasonably be told, and then stepped back.

If its safe, and identical (clone) to other products, no logical reason for a label.

Yet if companies want to put a label on there and bill it as a premium good (like they do with 'Fair Trade' coffee, etc) to make extra money off of peoples preferences, regardless of how wise those are, then thats up to them. If there's a demand for labels, it shall be done.

It's just important to let companies have a choice, too. As long as their products are safe, then companies thrive best when they have the same freedoms as individuals.


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