US: New system to track cloned livestock
In the US, leading livestock cloning companies have
announced a tracking programme using a supply chain management system that will
allow food companies to identify cloned animals when they move into the food
Taking a year to develop and following a rigorous assessment by the US Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) and two previous reports by the National Academy
of Sciences (NAS), no safety concerns with the products of cloned animals were
"Such a system virtually ensures that processors will be able to identify
food from a cloned animal," said Mark Walton, president of cloning company
The programme functions through a national registry, affidavits and
incentives. Cloning companies will give each cloned animal a unique ID. This
identification will be entered into a registry which then can be queried and
verified by the livestock auction market or packer/processor.
Upon delivery of the animal by the cloning company, the owner will sign an
affidavit to ensure proper marketing and disposal of the animal. The owner must
then notify the cloning company of death, consumption by owner or sale to a
producer. In all cases, a verified signed statement must accompany the
In December 2006, the FDA released a draft risk assessment confirming that
food from clones and their offspring is indistinguishable from that of
conventionally reproduced animals.
â€¢ National Academy of
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