A panel of experts has suggested meat and milk from cloned cows is safe for consumption.
The panel concluded that there was no material difference between meat and milk from standard animals and products from cloned specimens.
Andrew Wadge, the chief scientist at the Food Standards Agency, said an independent study had shown that there was no difference between ordinary cattle and cloned cattle.
Wadge’s statement was in response to a study by the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, an independent body that examines all new food products for the FSA to assess whether they are safe to go on sale.
Studies of possible issues over allergies, toxins and possible side-effects of eating cloned meat “did not highlight any issues of concern”, said its report.
“The ACNFP has confirmed that meat and milk from cloned cattle and their offspring shows no substantial difference to conventionally produced meat and milk and therefore is unlikely to present a food safety risk,” the Telegraph quoted Wadge as saying.