An investigation is to be launced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) after a British dairy farmer has claimed that supermarkets are selling milk from cloned cows.
The anonymous farmer allerted the FSA to the alleged illegal practice during an intervierw with the International Herald and Tribune over the weekend. His claims have resulted in calls for an investigation after he admitted he had been producing milk from the offspring of a cloned cow and selling it into a British supermarket.
Under EU law food produced from cloned animals is regarded as a 'novel foodstuff' and requires permission from the Food Standards Agency. The agency reported that it had received no applications for permission and has made no authorisations.
This latest revelation is likely to undermine confidence in British farming, with some media outlets already asking consumers whether it is right to sell any food from cloned animals. Whilst there are no known dangers to public health from consuming food from cloned animals, consumer studies have shown that the public is unwilling to buy such products.