FDA: Send in the Clones

Agency finds no health effects, loss of nutritional value
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2008 1:06 PM CST
In this photo released by Prof. Hiroshi Nagashima, two fourth generation cloned pigs are seen at a breeding facility in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, Friday, July 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Hiroshi...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Clones are just as safe to eat as any other animal, concludes a much-awaited, much-debated report from the FDA. Cloned animals studied were found to be as healthy as their normal counterparts, and their meat contained equal levels of nutrients, the Washington Post reports. The 968-page document provides mountains of raw data and methodologymore data, one researcher notes, than on any other animal we eat.

 Another investigation showed animals fed food from clones suffered no ill effects. Still, objections from trade agencies concerned with overseas markets are expected to delay production of meat and milk from cloned cattle, pigs, and goats. And the report acknowledges that there are religious and ethical objections to cloning that fall outside the agency's purview, which is strictly science.