Smithfield Foods not to opt for cloned pork
Leading US pork producer, Smithfield Foods, has
announced that it will not produce pork from animals that have been
The company has stated that "the technology used in cloning animals is quite
new and our focus is placed on improving our pork and other meat products
through selective breeding and genetic research". It will continue to monitor
developments before making any decisions with regard to this issue.
Following a cloning risk assessment, carried out by the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) early in 2007, the technology is almost certainly going to
be approved for use in the US food production industry. A final FDA decision is
awaited in December this year.
The company's statement has been welcomed
by opponents to cloning such as the Center for Food Safety.
Consumers too are not very enthusiastic about the idea of consuming food from
cloned animals. In a survey by the International Food Information Council
(IFIC), 50% of American consumers were not in favour of cloning. 89% consumers
were subsequently calling for labelling of food from animals that have been
Smithfield is quoted by FoodNavigator-USA.com as stating that it
will not change its stance against cloning technology in pork even if the FDA
confirms that safety of food from cloned animals.
â€¢ Center for Food
â€¢ Foodnavigator- USA.com
â€¢ International Food Information Council
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