Canada in no hurry to OK meat from clones
January 18, 2008
by Bryan Salvage
WINNIPEG ― While the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture have given an emphatic nod on the safety of meat from cloned animals earlier this week, Canada is in no hurry to endorse a U.S. government declaration that meat and milk from cloned cattle, pigs and goats are just as safe to eat meat and milk produced the traditional way, according to the Winnipeg Sun.
"We do hope Canada won't immediately follow suit," said Bruce Cran of the Consumers Association of Canada. "If you are what you eat, well, what do you want to be?"
The F.D.A. has said it will not require meat from cloned animals to be labeled, "because food derived from these sources is no different" than food from conventional animals, which is another bone of contention for those not in agreement with the F.D.A.’s recent move.
Although the F.D.A.'s studies were "an excellent step in developing (Canadian) policy," Paul Duchesne, spokesman for Health Canada, could not say when the Canadian government would make its own decision on this topic.