Friday, May 11, 2007

US Split Over Cloned Food

"The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to process a multitude of opposing comments on its proposal to introduce products from cloned animals into the nation's food chain, which reveal that industry, scientists and consumers remain split on the controversial issue.

The public comment period on the proposal closed last week, already a month later than the original date set.

The FDA's announcement of its cloned food plan at the start of the year set off a fierce debate on the safety and ethics of the proposal, and the agency has since received a flood of responses to its invitation for public comments.

Consumer advocacy and public interest groups have been particularly vocal about their opposition to the new technology, and consumer polls have reveled that the majority (two-thirds) of the American public remains skeptical of the food production process. In turn, increasing numbers of food producers have responded to these consumer concerns, announcing that their products will remain 'clone-free' if the technology is eventually approved."

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The last thing we need is scientific meat!