Just another day at the FDA.
According to the FDA, the agency has "studies that show that the meat and milk from cattle clones and their offspring are as safe as that from conventionally bred animals." In other words â€“ GRAS. Plans to regulate cloned animals and food derived from them, should be released by the end of this year.
Does this mean cloned beef in your burger? No. At tens of thousands of dollars per â€œfounderâ€ clone this is hardly likely (at least in the foreseeable future). So, unless youâ€™re in the market for a $25,000 Big Mac, relax.
You want fries with that?
In the future, if and when the technology for animal cloning becomes more cost-efficient, it is possible that the meat of clone progeny could be available at retail. And milk from clones is certainly on the way a lot sooner.
By promulgating this new rule, FDA is working to advance the science of cloning -- an important advance towards creating a better, safer 21st century food supply.
"Cloning allows the possibility of identifying the healthiest and the superior sires or boars that are going to be used for breeding purposes," said Barb Glenn of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
Dairy producers are worried about what might happen if "clone-free" products start showing up in supermarkets. "We have concerns where people are going to try to draw distinctions and differences where none exist," said Chris Galen, spokesman for the National Milk Producers Federation.
Perhaps this cause will be taken up by a new consumer advocacy organization â€“ MOOveOn.org.
(Sorry about that.)