By Rory Harrington
EU chiefs have been criticised for approving a draft regulation on food from cloned animals that could “keep options open” for its eventual authorisation in the region, claimed opponents.
The censure came after Agriculture ministers agreed the draft rule to include food from cloned animals in proposed legislation on novel foods. UK Green MEP Caroline Lucas labelled the move as a “a potential stepping stone towards legislation to authorise such products” and said the approval “flies in the face of consumer concerns and a European Parliament vote in favour of an outright ban”.
Yesterday’s statement from the European Council reiterated that novel foods should only be authorised if they did not “present a danger for consumers, do not mislead them and are not nutritionally disadvantageous for them”.
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