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California Considers Labeling of Cloned Foods

posted on April 20, 2007

Meat, dairy and other grocery products that come from cloned livestock would have to be clearly labeled under a bill pending in the California Legislature.

State Senator Carole Migden said consumers deserve to know what they're buying. The California Cattlemen's Association and other industry groups oppose the legislation saying, "There's no meat or milk from cloned animals on the market, and there's no expectation that this will be an issue any time soon."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December issued a preliminary report saying there was no evidence that eating meat from cloned cows, pigs and goats –or their offspring – presents concerns about food safety. The FDA is expected to give final approval by the end of the year for manufacturers to sell meat and milk from cloned animals without requiring any special labeling.

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