The Food Standards Agency has concluded that meat and milk from cloned animals is safe.

The FSA issued an alert yesterday afternoon entitled 'Clones meat is safe – hypothetically speaking'.

In a ‘mock application’ filed under the Novel Foods regime, the watchdog said it had considered whether the available evidence on clones provided a sufficient basis for evaluating meat and milk derived from them and their offspring.

“The evidence showed no differences in composition between the meat and milk of conventional animals, clones or their progeny and is therefore unlikely to present any food safety risk,” it said.

Any potential differences between conventional cattle and the progeny of clones were unlikely to persist from the second generation onwards, it found.

It also noted that consumers wanted to see effective labelling of products from clones and their offspring.

The news increases the likelihood that meat from cloned animals will be officially approved. The FSA’s board will discuss the issue at its December meeting before providing further advice to ministers on the issue.

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