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Friday, January 04, 2008

Cow Named Peggy Sue To Receive FDA Clearance.(Cloned Livestock Might Get FDA Clearance)

Cloned cows Peggy Sue, right, and Anna Belle, left, are shown on a farm operated by Viagen outside of Austin, Texas in this Oct. 4, 2005 file photo. Meat and dairy producers are promoting a privately-run system to track cloned livestock in an effort to head off consumer concerns as the government prepares to allow food made from cloned animals to enter the market for the first time. (AP Photo/Thomas Terry)

The following article on WSJ left me wondering if we really have a choice!. If people wanted to eat or clone them selves it is fine by me as long as I have a choise not to. But after reading the article, it looks like I and I am sure bunch more will left in a ditch.

After more than six years of wrestling with the question of whether meat and milk from them are safe to eat, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to declare as early as next week that they are.

The FDA had asked producers of cloned livestock not to sell food products from such animals pending its ruling on their safety. It isn't clear whether the FDA will lift this voluntary hold.

According to the same article, Because of the price tag -- cloned cattle cost $15,000 to $20,000 per copy -- most of the cloned animals will be used for breeding, and it will be three to five years before consumers see milk and meat from their offspring. Some animal breeders in the U.S. have already been experimenting with cloning animals. ViaGen Inc., the largest animal-cloning company in the nation, has cloned animals, such as a cow named Peggy Sue.

Read the very informative artical on Wall Street Journal.

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