Dean Foods rejects milk from cloned animals

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DALLAS — Even though the Food and Drug Administration has given preliminary approval for meat and milk from cloned animals, Dean Foods has said it will not accept milk products from such animals.

As a $10 billion company, Dean Foods is the nation’s largest milk producer. The company said the decision to reject milk from cloned cows comes from being in tune with customers.

"Based on the desire of our customers and consumers, Dean Foods will not accept milk from cows that have been cloned," the company said. "If the F.D.A. does approve the sale of milk from cloned cows, we will work with our dairy farmers to implement protocols to ensure that the milk they supply to Dean Foods does not come from cloned cows."

The F.D.A. could give final approval for products from cloned animals by the end of the year.

"Numerous surveys have shown that Americans are not interested in buying dairy products that contain milk from cloned cows and Dean Foods is responding to the needs of our consumers," Dean Foods said.

Some efforts to determine public opinion have yielded mixed results. According to a poll conducted in September by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, 64% of respondents were not comfortable with the cloning of animals. However, a poll conducted in December by the University of Maryland found the same per cent of respondents would at least consider buying products from cloned animals if such products were given approval from the government.

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