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Milk from cloned cow offspring exposes gap in EU food law

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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Milk from cloned cow offspring exposes gap in EU food law

Claims that a British farmer has been selling milk from a cloned animal has exposed a loophole in an EU law dealing with putting new foods on the market. Following the original article in the International Herald Tribune last week, British newspapers are reporting that a dairy farmer in the UK has been selling milk from a cow bred from a clone. The matter is currently being investigated by the country's Food Standards Agency. However, even if the report is verified, the farmer in question has not broken EU rules. Under the EU's 'novel food' rules, governing foods made using new techniques, anyone wishing to sell food from a cloned animal would have to first register with the authorities. To date there have been no authorisations.
Produce from the offspring of cloned animals is not covered by the rules.

Source: EU Observer