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.


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