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Offline CathyF

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Cloned food labeling law to pass
« on: April 12, 2007, 09:47:40 AM »
In today's Chronicle (4/12/07) there is an interesting news story regarding labeling foods that contain products from cloned livestock (see link at bottom). The FDA (bless them) has advised that it's indeed safe to eat cloned cows, swine and goats, but will apparently be going forward with the approval of the bill (SB63) anyway.

Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco created the bill, and opponents say that basically it's a silly bill because there is currently a voluntary ban on using cloned animals for food; and that if it were to become an option, it would be too costly to clone for livestock food purposes. (But, that cloning could be used for "breeding purposes rather than food supply." I don't really understand why a rancher would breed but not use the resulting products for food/meat/milk, etc.)

In response to the following position by opponents, "...forcing food manufacturers to label their products when there is no reason to warn the public of health risks will only cause unnecessary confusion and fear among consumers," was addressed by Eric Schlosser (author of "Fast Food Nation"), who said, "If cloning is such a wonderful thing, these companies should be proud to put that on their labels." Good point.

Another problem (that seems to be a pattern with the FDA) is that the FDA study to determine cloning and food safety was very small. (I think a promising next documentary for Michael Moore would be to infiltrate the FDA and see how many of the employees/scientists actually believe and practice what they preach.) In addition, the article said, "Cloned animals tend to suffer from deficient immune systems, which means ranchers will need to use more antibiotics to keep that livestock healthy." Sad, sad, sad.  ???

Even though "they" say cloning for food purposes isn't on the immediate horizon, this bill is a step in a smart direction. As Migden says, consumers have the right to know, and "It's better to be cautious than capricious."