Clones back on the menu following FSA change

Food safety chiefs have confirmed plans to change advice when it comes to the offspring of cloned animals entering the food chain.

Following a consultation process, the Food Standards Agency has announced it will be moving in line with the position of the European Commission - that the Novel Food Regulations do not apply to food products from the offspring of clones.

Up until now, meat and dairy products from such sources have required authorisation from the FSA before entering the food chain.

At its meeting in December 2010 the FSA Board concluded that, based on the current evidence and on advice from the European Food Safety Authority and the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, there were no food safety grounds for regulating foods from the descendants of cloned cattle and pigs.

Now that a consultation with stakeholders is complete, the FSA said it is to confirm to the Board that the Novel Foods Regulation does not apply at its meeting next week.

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