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Whole Foods says no to cloned meat

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- One of the largest natural and organic grocery chains in the United States says it will not sell meat or milk from cloned animals or their offspring.

"Whole Foods believes any food derived from cloned animals and offspring should be required to be labeled as such to allow consumers to make informed decisions on the meat and milk that they buy," Margaret Wittenberg, vice president for communications and quality standards for chain, based in Austin, Texas, told the Austin American-Statesman.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a report in December saying meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring are safe to eat and do not require extra labeling.

Wild Oats Markets Inc. also plans to ban meat and milk products from cloned animals and their offspring, the newspaper said.

Under national organic standards, genetically modified animals can't receive the organic label, the newspaper said. Barb Glenn, director of animal biotechnology for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, says cloned animals are not genetically modified, just exact copies of other animals.

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