California considers labeling on cloned-animal products

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SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — California is considering legislation that would require milk and meat products from cloned animals intended for human consumption to be clearly labeled.

SB 63 was introduced by state Senator Carole Migden. According to polls, two-thirds of American consumers are uncomfortable with the idea of cloning animals, and 43% believe products from cloned animals would not be safe to eat.

"California consumers want to know what they’re eating and what we’re feeding our children," Ms. Migden said. "People have the right to know if food is organic, if it contains pesticides or growth-promoting hormones, or if it’s from cloned or natural-bred animals. Consumers certainly don’t want to wrestle with moral issues like cloning while they’re doing the family grocery shopping."

The Center for Food Safety and Consumers Union also supported the measure.

In December, the Food and Drug Administration issued a draft risk assessment stating milk and meat from cloned cattle, pigs and goats are just as safe to eat as any other foods.

A public comment period ends in May, after which the F.D.A. could confirm its decision, which would allow for products from cloned animals to enter the food chain.

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