Ministers consider a ban, or temporary suspension, of cloned meat “disproportionate in terms of food safety and animal welfare” due to a lack of evidence.
The comments, contained in a Food Standards Agency board document, represents the clearest indication yet that the controversial farming practice could be accepted officially and pave the way for such milk and meat to be made available in British shops.
The government’s view, however, places it at loggerheads with the European Commission, which has proposed a five year suspension of “animal cloning for food production, the use of clones and the marketing of food from clones in the EU”.
However meat, milk, cheese or any other product from the offspring of a cloned animal is perfectly legitimate and does not need a special licence, the commission believes.
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