SP Euro-MP calls for ban on cloned meat

2 September 2008

SP Euro-MP calls for ban on cloned meat

The European Food Safety Authority‭ (‬EFSA‭) ‬has demonstrated it:‭ ‬a study by the body charged with ensuring that food sold to the public in the twenty-seven EU member states is safe to eat has shown that a significant proportion of cloned animals experience adverse effects.‭ ‬Despite this,‭ ‬the European Commission is trying to sneak recognition of meat from cloned animals as an approved foodstuff in through the back door.‭ ‬The Commission wants to use the new EU Regulation on Novel Foods to add cloned meat to Europe's menu.‭


This behaviour amounts to an underhand way of trying to make clones more acceptable from a legal point of view.‭ ‬There are,‭ ‬in fact,‭ ‬many reasons to object to cloned animal products.‭ ‬Aside from the suffering of the animals themselves and the ethical arguments involved,‭ ‬it is questionable whether the public is eagerly anticipating eating pork chops from identical pigs.‭ ‬There remain numerous uncertainties regarding the safety of cloned meat.‭ ‬And lastly,‭ ‬the social debate on these issues has hardly begun.‭

"I call on the European Commission to come forward without delay with proposals for a ban on the cloning of animals for the production of food,‎" ‏said SP Euro-MP Kartika Liotard during today's plenary meeting of the European Parliament in Brussels.‭ "‬I am incensed by the fact that the Commission has even had the audacity to propose that food from cloned animals should be recognised and approved.‭"

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