The FSA has sparked outrage after announcing that meat and milk from cloned animals and their progeny is "hypothetically" safe.

Last week, the FSA issued a news release headed 'Cloned meat is safe hypothetically speaking' following a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes. The committee was asked to consider if the available evidence on clones and their offspring was sufficient for evaluating meat and milk under the Novel Food Regulations.

The committee concluded that the evidence showed there were no differences in composition between the meat and milk of conventional animals, and that of clones or their progeny. It said the latter was "unlikely to present any food safety risk".

The Soil Association said it was impossible to say at present whether or not genetic weaknesses were being bred into the supply chain through cloning.