“I’ll have what she’s having”

FDA plans to allow cloned meat, according to the Wall Street Journal:

[T]he Food and Drug Administration said it couldn’t find any differences between meat and milk from healthy conventionally bred adult cattle, pigs and goats and that from healthy cloned animals and their offspring. As a result, the agency said it would probably allow the meat and milk of these cloned animals and their offspring to be sold without any special labeling to alert consumers.

Here’s what we can look forward to (from an earlier Washington Post article)

Farmers and companies that have been growing cloned barnyard animals from single cells in anticipation of a lucrative market say cloning will bring consumers a level of consistency and quality impossible to attain with conventional breeding, making perfectly marbled beef and reliably lean and tasty pork the norm on grocery shelves.

I’m not the only one who thinks this is a little whacked:

“The government talks about being science-based, and that’s great, but I think there is another pillar here: the question of whether we really want to do this,” said Carol Tucker Foreman, director of food policy at the Consumer Federation of America.

January 2, 2007

One thought on ““I’ll have what she’s having””

  1. The crucial part of the FDA announcement is the permission to use offspring of cloned animals, because the initial animals into which a modified gene is inserted are too expensive to use as food and they are likely to have health problems such as accelerated aging.

    But there are many possibilities for offspring with beneficial characteristics. One recent example is the announcement of cloned cows resistant to mad cow disease:
    http://today.reuters.com/news/articleinvesting.aspx?view=CN&storyID=2007-01-01T041416Z_01_N31264936_RTRIDST_0_MADCOW-BREED.XML&rpc=66&type=qcna

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