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More clone data needed

FDA advisory committee not satisfied with available data on cloned animal products

Merrill Goozner(mgoozner@starpower.net)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is promising to come up with more studies on the safety of food products derived from cloned animals after half the members of a key advisory committee said last week that they didn't have enough information to sanction the move.

“We promised to get the information out to the committee by the end of this year,” said Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine. The FDA is under pressure from the nascent cloning industry to treat meat and dairy products from cloned animals and their offspring the same as other food. A staff report released in late October said that the FDA's review of the scientific literature turned up no evidence that food products derived from cloned animals should be regulated, or even labeled.

But several scientists at last week's Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee meeting were deeply troubled by...

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