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 Want to Avoid Cloned Foods? - Buy Organic 
 
by Organic Consumers Association - 1/17/2008
Don't Want Clones? Organic is the Best Choice
Organic Center Report Available on Risks of Cloned Animals in Commercial Food Production
The Organic Center, January 17, 2008
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With no label required for foods from cloned animals or their offspring, the USDA seal marking organic products will help concerned consumers find clone-free milk and meat.

Boulder, Colo. ­- Consumers concerned about meat and milk products produced from cloned cows have the option to choose organic products, as cloned animals are not permitted in certified organic foods.

The Food and Drug Administration on January 15 announced that it declared cloned meat and milk safe for human consumption, opening the door for wider and faster commercial adoption. Additionally, FDA ruled that food labels are not required to reveal whether the product contains cloned cows, pigs or goats, or the clones' offspring.

However, according to Dr. Chuck Benbrook, Ph.D., Chief Scientist of The Organic Center, an independent science research organization based in Boulder, CO, there are profound scientific, regulatory, food safety, trade, and cultural issues wrapped up in the FDA's decision-including animal welfare issues, as many attempts at livestock cloning still end in fatal birth defects and animals that are often unhealthy.

For more information on the concerns surrounding the commercial use of cloned animals in food production, The Organic Center has available for free download on its website a report published in April 2007 entitled "Is the FDA's Cloning Proposal Ready for Prime Time? http://www.organic-center.org/science.safety.php?action=view&report_id= 90 ".

The report, authored by James Riddle of the University of Minnesota, discusses why epigenetic changes in cloned animals are important in terms of animal health and food safety, and exposes the total lack of a scientific basis for the FDA's standard for judging that a cloned animal is safe to eat - "substantial equivalence" (i.e. the animal "looks" normal).

   
Provided by Organic Consumers Association on 1/17/2008
 
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