Animal clones could spark US trade problems

Until US authorities can prove that their produce is not from a cloned animal, Euro MPs are calling for a complete ban on US meat and semen imports.  The EU currently imports nearly £2 billion of bovine meat and £30 million of semen from the US every year.  However, because animal cloning is 'widespread and unregulated' in the US, Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson said imports could easily be from first generation cloned animals.  'Once again we have tough regulations for our farmers but have no regulations at all controlling imports of meat and semen from outside the EU'.

Current EU rules state that only third generation or later offspring from cloned animals can be sold for food and last week a majority of MEPs agreed imports should be subject to the same rules.

Until countries such as the US, Brazil and Argentina can prove their meat and semen imports are not cloned and adere to the EU standard they said all imports should be banned.

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