Cloned foods not safe, group says

Federal health officials used a flawed analysis when they gave preliminary approval to food from cloned animals, a consumer group charged Wednesday.

In its report, the Center for Food Safety said the conclusions the Food and Drug Administration drew late last year were based on “scant data from few peer-reviewed studies” and failed to consider possible side effects of cloning.

“There isn’t the science to show that these foods are safe,” said Charles Margulis, a spokesman for the Washington-based center and author of the report. “I think the agency was heavily influenced by the biotechnology industry.”

The FDA declined to comment, but the center’s claims were vehemently rejected by supporters of the agency’s review.

 

“There’s not a single shred of data to suggest that food derived from clones or their offspring is in any way unsafe,” said Val Giddings, a scientist who consults with biotechnology companies.

More info:  Associated Press article

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