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Australian regulator to examine U.S. approval of cloned food

Australian regulator to examine U.S. approval of cloned food

A United States ruling that some cloned animals are safe to eat will influence decisions being made about Australian standards, a food regulator said Friday.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave preliminary approval Thursday to meat and milk from cloned animals or their offspring. Federal scientists found virtually no difference between food from clones and food from conventional livestock.
Australia has a voluntary moratorium on cloned animals and their offspring entering the food chain, but the issue is under government review.
Government regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand, or FSANZ, said Friday the review committee would consider the same scientific evidence the FDA used to make its draft ruling that milk and meat from cloned cattle, pigs and goats were safe to consume.
The committee is already consulting with the FDA, and with authorities in New Zealand, Canada and Japan.
"We are looking at how we might regulate food from cloned animals and their offspring," FSANZ spokeswoman Lydia Buchtmann said.
"We'll certainly be looking at the research they've done in doing our safety assessment," she added.
Prime Minister John Howard has not ruled out Australians eating cloned meat from the United States, although imports of U.S. beef have been banned since mad cow disease was discovered there in 2003.
"Anything's possible," Howard told reporters Friday.


Updated : 2020-12-01 17:46 GMT+08:00