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Consumers Question Cloned Animals

September 5, 2008

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Do you know where your meat and milk come from? The United States government announced this week that food and milk from the offspring of cloned animals may have entered the food supply. Even though the Food and Drug Administration announced that eating meat and milk from cloned cattle, swine and goats and their offspring are as safe as products from traditional animals, it is impossible to know the difference. 

Animals are cloned by taking the nuclei of cells from adults and fusing them into egg cells that are implanted into a surrogate mother. Cloning is a way to create more disease-resistant animals that produce more milk and better meat. Even though the FDA reassures consumers that it is 100 percent safe, consumers are not on board for ethical and health reasons.

Twenty food producers and retailers including Kraft Foods, General Mills and Tyson Foods vowed not to use ingredients from cloned animals because research shows that consumers are currently not receptive to ingredients from cloned animals.

Cloning raises a lot of ethical issues. What do you think about it?