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EFSA seeks studies on cloning

by 5m Editor
3 May 2007, at 8:07am

UK - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has called on industry and other groups to submit scientific information as part of its review on cloned meat.

The request for scientific data is the next phase in forming an opinion that will be presented to the European Commission. The Commission will then decide whether to allow cloned products to enter the food supply chain.

EFSA said it encourages submission of peer reviewed data on issues relating to the safety of meat, milk and eggs produced from clones and their offspring. Non peer reviewed data will only be considered if it is based on scientific evidence and meets adequate quality standards.

EFSA has also requested information on the comparative physiology of cloned and conventional animals and their progeny, including reproductive capacity. The review will also examine the technology of cloning, the heath and welfare of animals and any possible environmental implications.

The data must be submitted before the 29 May and EFSA expects to present the results of the review to the Commission within the next five months.

If permitted, cloning could provide processors with a standard quality of livestock products. Cloning also offers the possibility of creating specific genotypes of animals with an increased disease resistance and other qualities.

However, consumer attitudes to 'cloned' foods is a problem, and it has blocked attempts to introduce genetically-modified products in the past.

Currently, cloning is not commercial practice in Europe and there is no specific regulation on the authorisation of food products from cloned animals for human consumption in the EU.

An urgent review of the technology and practice is required.

Source: Foodproductiondaily.com

5m Editor