Cloned meat did go on sale in Scotland last year, the Food Standards Agency has admitted.

The watchdog yesterday said a three-year old bull had been slaughtered last year and its meat gone on sale north of the border. It indicated that the meat had most likely been used in a pie or a burger.

Meat from a second cloned animal was intercepted before entering the food chain following the slaughter of the creature.

The revelations come after the FSA earlier this week denied reports that milk from cloned cows had gone on sale.

"The agency is continuing its work on tracing the offspring of clones claimed to produce milk for the UK dairy industry,” the FSA said in a statement.

“We have traced a single animal [that] is believed to be part of a dairy herd but at present we cannot confirm that milk from this animal has entered the food chain. As part of this investigation, local authority officials are visiting the farm on which this herd is kept."

David Bowles of the RSPCA told the Daily Telegraph: "I am horrified that meat from a clone has already entered the food chain, without us knowing about it.

"Some unsuspecting person has eaten this meat. And we just don't know whether it is harmful for human health, but we do know there are serious welfare issues. Cloned meat should not be on sale."

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Alert over 'milk from cloned cows' (2 August 2010)