FSA confirm that meat from offspring of a cloned animal has entered the UK supply chain.

Following on from yesterday's blog regarding the milk from cloned animals, the Food Standards Agency has confirmed that meat from the offspring of a cloned animal has entered the UK supply chain.

As part of the investigation into the milk from the offspring of cloned animals, the FSA has traced two bulls born in the UK from embryos harvested from a cloned cow in the US.  The first was born in December 2006 and was slaughtered in July 2009 and the agency found that meat from this animal entered the food chain and would have been consumed.  The second was born in March 2007 and slaughtered in July 2010 but the meat from this animal has been stopped from entering the good chain.

The FSA was keen to stress that there is no evidence that consuming products from healthy clones, or their offspring, poses a food safety risk to the public.  However meat and products from clones and their offspring are considered novel foods by the FSA and should be authorised before being placed on the market.

The penalty for failing to comply with the Novel Foods Regulations is a fine of up to £5000.

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The penalty for failing to comply with the Novel Foods Regulations is a fine of up to £5000.