The public are still concerned over the safety of cloned meat for human consumption, the Food Standards Agency has claimed.

The FSA this week published new research into the UK public's attitudes towards meat from cloned animals, their offspring and cloned meat products entering the human food chain. Participants in the study struggled to identify any tangible consumer benefits to cloning and were concerned that the main motive would be a financial one for biotech companies, breeders, farmers or retailers.

The report, 'Animal cloning and implications for the food chain', asked participants to consider moral concerns and animal welfare in addition to the potential benefits of cloning for food prices and food security.

It also found many consumers feared the process of cloning could create new diseases or affect the food in some way that could be harmful to humans in the long run.