Thanks to a legal loophole, there may be unlabeled, cloned beef and milk products for sale in European grocery stores.
Cloned animal products must be approved before they can hit EU shelves, but, according to New Scientist, “this doesn’t apply to products from the offspring of clones.”
The thing that really surprised me about the piece in New Scientist was a paragraph about halfway through:
In an attempt to prevent cloned products infiltrating the European food chain from exporters such as Argentina, Brazil and the US, where cloning is much more widespread, the European parliament voted earlier this month to impose a ban on the sale of meat and dairy from clones or their offspring. (emphasis mine)
Good news for folks in the EU who want cloned animals off of their dinner plates, but I didn’t realize that cloning was so widespread here in the U.S.! When hospitals are trying to keep cloned food out of their kitchens, you’ve got to question the safety of these products.
Of course, one of the easiest ways to make sure you’re not eating cloned beef or dairy is to avoid those foods all together! I know that doesn’t appeal to everyone, though. If eating vegan isn’t for you, your best bet is to get to know the farmer who’s raising that cattle!
So what do you guys think? Do you feel like cloned food is safe?
Source: New Scientist
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