UK Food Agency Probes Cloned Cow Milk Claim
August 2, 2010
The Associated Foreign Press reports, food safety officials in Britain are investigating a claim that milk from the offspring of a cloned cow was on sale for public consumption. The disclosure has provoked concern among some farming campaigners, and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is set to investigate a report in Friday''s International Herald Tribune newspaper. But the body, which represents Britain’s dairy industry, insisted that there was no danger. The newspaper quoted a British dairy farmer, speaking anonymously, saying that he was using milk from a cow bred from a clone as part of his daily production. The farmer did not want his name to be disclosed because he feared Britons saw cloning as "distasteful" so buyers would stop taking his milk if they knew who he was. The FSA said in response that it regarded meat and products from cloned animals and their offspring as "novel foods" which need to be authorized before being put on sale.