Meat and milk from cloned animals is safe to eat, according to US food safety watchdog the Food and Drug Administration.

A lengthy study by the FDA concluded “meat and milk from clones of cattle, swine, and goats, and the offspring of clones from any species traditionally consumed as food, are as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals”. However, there was insufficient information to reach a conclusion on the safety of food from clones of other animal species, such as sheep, the FDA said.

It follows a report from the European Food Safety Authority last week which provisionally concluded similar findings.