According to the Farmers Guardian, the Food Standards Agecny (FSA) has changed its advice to Government Ministers on allowing meat and milk from the descendants of cloned cattle and pigs into the food chain.
If Ministers accept the advice, it could pave the way for the offspring of cloned animals to enter the UK food chain later this year.
Last summer, the agency insisted meat from the offspring of cloned animals sold into the food chain by a Scottish farmer should have been authorised byFSA under EU novel foods rules and was therefore’ illegal’.
But yesterday, (Wednesday, May 25), the FSA board accepted the recommendations of a paper presented to it which stated: “FSA is minded to adopt the position taken by the European Commission and others, that food obtained from the descendants of clones of cattle and pigs does not require authorisation under the novel foods regulation.”
The FSA board changed its viewpoint at the end of last year. The decision was based on evidence and advice from the European Food Safety Authority and the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes that ‘there are no food safety grounds for regulating foods from the descendants of cloned cattle and pigs’.