By Sean Poulter
3rd December 2010
* Backing for unrestricted sale of meat and milk from ‘Frankenfarms’
* Most consumers oppose the move on ethical grounds
* Campaigners condemn the Coalition and warn of dangers
The spectre of a clone food free-for-all came a step closer yesterday. Ministers want to allow the unrestricted sale of meat and milk from so-called Frankenfarm animals. They are ready to reject the idea of a ban as ‘disproportionate in terms of food safety and animal welfare’.
The move was immediately condemned by campaigners who warned that cloning poses a serious threat to animal welfare.
It will also trigger a fierce consumer backlash, with evidence that the vast majority of people oppose clone farming on welfare and ethical grounds.
Many are also fearful about eating clone food amid concerns there has been too little research to guarantee its safety.
The RSPCA and Compassion in World Farming point to high levels of miscarriage, organ failure and gigantism among new-born clones.
The policy, drawn up on the orders of the controversial Conservative Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, would also rule out labelling.
The details emerged in a document published by the Food Standards Agency.
It revealed: ‘The Government considers that a ban or a temporary suspension on cloning, the use of cloned animals and the marketing of food from cloned animals would be disproportionate in terms of food safety and animal welfare.’
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