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FDA approves cloned animal products

The US food health authority on Tuesday approved the sale of meat and milk from cloned livestock. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement that it "concluded that meat and milk from clones of cattle, swine, and goats are as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals."

The FDA has carried out six years of studies to decide whether to give the green light for marketing foods from clones. In 2006 it declared that products from cloned animals were no different from those of animals raised normally, but told producers not to market them until it had issued guidelines.

A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) official called for a "smooth and seamless" process to prepare for the introduction of products from cloned animals into the market. Opinion polls, however, have shown most Americans are opposed to such foods.

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