London: Food safety officials in Britain are
to investigate a claim that milk from the offspring of a
cloned cow was on sale for public consumption, they said
The disclosure has provoked concern among some farming
campaigners, and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is set to
investigate a report in Friday`s International Herald Tribune
But the body which represents Britain`s dairy industry
insisted that there was no danger.
The newspaper quoted a British dairy farmer, speaking
anonymously, saying that he was using milk from a cow bred
from a clone as part of his daily production.
The farmer did not want his name to be disclosed because
he feared Britons saw cloning as "distasteful" so buyers would
stop taking his milk if they knew who he was.
The FSA said in response that it regarded meat and
products from cloned animals and their offspring as "novel
foods" which need to be authorised before being put on sale.
"The agency has not received any applications relating to
cloning and no authorisations have been made," a spokeswoman
"The agency will, of course, investigate any reports of
unauthorised novel foods entering the food chain."
Peter Stevenson, from campaigners Compassion in World
Farming, said he was "extremely concerned" at the report and
called for an outright ban on the sale of food from cloned
animals and their offspring.
He said: "The Food Standards Agency must act quickly to
trace this milk and get it withdrawn from shops. The cloning
of farm animals can involve great suffering."