EU ban on clones irks advocacy group

Oct. 21, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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BRUSSELS, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The European Union angered consumers when it decided to impose only a temporary ban on cloned animals, a food advocacy group complained.

The European Commission placed a temporary ban on animal cloning for food production and a temporary ban on using cloned farm animals and the marketing of food from clones.

Wenonah Hauter, executive director of the advocacy group Food and Water Europe, complained that the European Union was profiting from the use of cloned animals outside of the European community.

"We will continue to urge the parliament to reject this measure and press for a complete ban on all foods from clones and their offspring," she said. "Anything less perpetuates the horrendous suffering cloning brings and does EU consumers a huge disservice."

European officials in their decision said there was no scientific evidence that suggests there are food safety concerns from products made from cloned animals or their offspring.

Hauter said the public reaction to the use of cloned animals was strong enough to warrant a food label indicating food products are derived from clones or their offspring.

The temporary ban will be reviewed in five years.

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