27 Nov 2010

Cloned cattle food considered safe to eat

6:05 am on 27 November 2010

An independent panel of British scientists has suggested that meat and milk from cloned cattle and their offspring is safe to eat.

The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes said it thought such products weren't substantially different to conventional food and were unlikely to present any health risk.

The Food Standards Agency will discuss the conclusions in December before providing further advice to ministers.

Critics maintain that there are strong ethical and animal welfare reasons for banning such food.

The European Commission proposes to ban meat and milk from clones and their offspring. The FSA board will discuss this at its December meeting, with the outcome influencing Britain's negotiations on the issue in Europe.