- Don’t Buy It: Keep Cloned Meat Off Grocery Shelves
Don’t Buy It: Keep Cloned Meat Off Grocery Shelves
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FDA lifts ban on selling meat and dairy products from cloned animals
The FDA has buckled to big biotech and agro-business despite more than 150,000 public comments opposing the lifting of the ban, and amendments to the federal Farm Bill and Omnibus Appropriations Bill calling for more research before lifting the ban.
The FDA claims that cloned animals and their offspring are safe for us to eat, yet studies used by the FDA are incomplete. Cloned animals have a much higher rate of genetic abnormalities than sexually reproduced animals. Most cloned animals die immediately after birth because the intricacies of the cloning process are still not well understood. Dolly, the first cloned sheep, died only six years after her birth of premature arthritis and lung disease.
Update, January 16, 2008: USDA refuses to go along with Bush’s FDA.