Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cloned beef has now entered the food supply

The U.K. Food Standards Agency (FSA) recently announced that the meat from a cloned cow has made its way into the food supply. According to a recent BBC report, a U.K. farmer purchased cloned bull embryos from the U.S., bred the animals and sold one of them as food back in July 2009.

The report states that Steven Innes, the farmer who purchased the cloned embryos and sold the cloned meat, did so in full accordance with the law.

"We investigated whether this was legal at the time and understood that there was no issue," he explained in a statement. "We acted in good faith throughout and have been fully compliant with the relevant authorities."

He went on to explain that the British government had expressly authorized the animals to enter the food chain. However, an investigation is currently underway as Innes did not properly notify authorities about the cloned meat nor identify it as such when selling it as food, two very serious violations. Read more...

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