FDA Finds Cloned Meat, Milk Safe

Following a six-year study, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of cloned animals for food.

According to local horticulture agent, Wayne Porter with the MSU Extension Service, this should not create great concern.

"When it comes to these two entities, they have done a pretty good job of testing to find out the safety," said Porter. "The U.S. has one of the safest food supplies in the world."

And you might be surprised to know that cloned foods are nothing new.

"We eat cloned fruits and vegetables all the time," said Porter. "That's the way they're reproduced. A lot of Irish potatoes, all of our peach fruit and trees. So, cloning is not a new thing. We've been doing it for thousands of years."

Although the use of cloned meat for consumption has now been given the stamp of approval by the USDA, extension service officials say testing for safety will continue and it will likely be quite some time before this meat starts showing up on grocery shelves.

Would you want to eat cloned meat?


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  • by jody Location: georgia on May 25, 2009 at 07:59 PM
    Cloned meat is not a good idea !! the USDA states that it's safe but I believe that a few years down the line consumption of cloned meats will have negative consequences, such as bad health problems. Cancer and obesity are on the rise and I think that consumption of cloned meat would increase these health problems.
  • by Jim Location: Marion on Jan 18, 2008 at 01:23 PM
    Do you know what they do to those poor cloned animals? "No, but it's delicious!"
  • by Jon Location: Meridian on Jan 18, 2008 at 01:20 PM
    I wish I could clone the bacon double-cheese burger I had last weekend. MMMM....MMMM...Tasty!
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Jan 18, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    Cloned meats are much more likely to contain genetic defects than natural meats. This would lead to more diseases and the ultimate...problems not yet know. BAD IDEA, regardless of what the USDA and FDA say. "We are from the governemnt, and we are here to help you."
  • by Jean Location: Meridian on Jan 18, 2008 at 07:27 AM
    It would seem that foods from cloned animals might be safer than the threat of mad cow disease (and other diseases) from non-cloned animals.
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