Meat and milk from cloned animals are safe, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded in a preliminary report intended to help determine whether the agency should regulate such products. In advance of a public meeting that the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) will hold on the controversial subject Tuesday (November 4) in Rockville, Md., an executive summary of the full report (which is expected to be released later this year) was posted on the CVM Web site today (October 31).

"Edible products from normal, healthy clones or their progeny do not appear to pose increased food consumption risks relative to comparable products from conventional animals," the executive summary said.

The findings may displease consumer and environmental groups that have campaigned against the sale of food derived from cloned animals.

Industry groups, however, have worked to persuade the agency that the products are safe. Companies including Advanced...

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