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Regulation of Cloned Farm Livestock

Farm livestock are being cloned by commercial companies in several countries in the world and it is possible that meat and milk from the progeny of these cloned animals will turn up in European food within the next few years. It is not yet clear how regulatory regimes will be applied to these animals and products from them.

This lack of clarity both poses a disincentive to the industries wishing to develop these animals and at the same time will risk consumer rejection because of uncertainty as to how their safety and ethical concerns will be met. While the EU has taken the first steps towards addressing safety and ethical concerns, it is important that these are considered in a timely fashion. It is, however, very unlikely that any decision will satisfy all constituencies and all consumers.