The Food Standards Agency has come in for a fresh round of criticism as new revelations emerged over its handling of the cloned meat fiasco.
The watchdog admitted it had no information on how many farm animals were descended from cloned animals – prompting criticism from pressure groups including animal welfare campaigners.
It also emerged yesterday that a second animal had been slaughtered for meat and “will have been eaten”.
The admission came after the FSA earlier this week confirmed that a cloned bull in Scotland had been eaten, most likely in a pie or a burger. A third cloned animal was slaughtered but its meat was intercepted before entering the food chain.
The FSA also said it “cannot confirm whether or not milk from [cloned] animals has entered the food chain”.
“While there is no evidence that consuming products from healthy clones or their offspring poses a food safety risk, meat and products from clones and their offspring are considered novel foods and would therefore need to be authorised before being placed on the market,” the body said in a statement.
Cloned meat entered UK food chain - FSA (4 August 2010)
Alert over 'milk from cloned cows' (2 August 2010)