No need to panic over cloning says Quality Meat Scotland

Consumers should not be concerned about the safety of products from cloned animals, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has stated, as a second clone case is confirmed.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found that meat from a second bull has indeed entered the food chain following the revelations earlier this week. Born in May 2007, it was slaughtered on 5 May 2010. This is in addition to the confirmation given that meat from another of the bulls, Dundee Paratrooper, entered the food chain in 2009. Meat from both of these animals will have been eaten.

A QMS spokesperson said: “It is very important that consumers completely understand there is no risk to human health. It is also important to remind consumers that the beef produced by our Scottish red meat industry – renowned for its quality world-wide – is underpinned by rigorous quality, welfare and traceability standards.

“The beef supply chain throughout the UK has a robust and transparent animal tracking system in place and this helped to prevent meat from a second animal finding its way into the food chain.”
QMS added that it is confident that the findings of the FSA’s investigations will be acted on to ensure any additional measures required, to prevent the incident happening again, will be identified and put in place.

The QMS spokesperson pointed out that Dundee Paratrooper would not have entered the food chain under the Scotch Beef label, as the specifications for Scotch Beef exclude older animals such as cows and breeding bulls.

Animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming has now started a petition to be sent to the Prime Minister claiming 'cloning=cruelty'.

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