US Unsure if Cloned Meat Has Been Sold in North America

Lucy Sharratt: Please note there have already been 2 food contamination cases in Canada with experimental GM pigs : In 2002 experimental Enviropig piglets at the University of Guelph were accidentally sent to a
rendering plant and turned into animal feed instead of being destroyed
as biological waste. The GM pigs were not approved for animal feed but
contaminated 675 tonnes of poultry feed that was sold to egg farmers,
turkey farmers and broiler chicken producers. In 2004, experimental
genetically engineered pigs from the Quebec firm TGN Biotech were
accidentally turned into chicken feed instead of being incinerated.
The pigs were engineered to produce a pharmaceutical compound, (the
company no longer exists). You can write to the Minister of Health
instantly from

U.S. unsure if cloned meat has been sold in North America

By Sarah Schmidt, Postmedia News August 10, 2010

OTTAWA: The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on Tuesday said he doesn’t
know whether cloned cows or their offspring have made it into the
North American food supply.

But Tom Vilsack, in Ottawa to talk trade with food exporters and
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, emphasized that if they have, the
animals are safe to eat.

“I can’t say today that I can answer your question in an affirmative
or negative way. I don’t know. What I do know is that we know all the
research, all of the review of this is suggested that this is safe,”
Vilsack told reporters, pointing to an assessment of the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration.

Vislack said that because science is often “ahead of the regulatory
process and ahead of the ethics discussion,” the U.S. will continue
their “moratorium” on not allowing the sale of meat from cloned
animals until the products are widely accepted as safe.

Vilsack’s comments come a week after the U.K. Food Standards Agency
told consumers in that country that descendants of a clone made their
way into the local food supply. The cattle were the offspring of a
cloned cow in the U.S. and were shipped to the U.K. as embryos.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is investigating a
claim that embryos from a cow bred from a cloned parent animal in
Britain have been sold to breeders in Canada.

A spokesman for Ritz said there are no products derived from cloned
animals approved for sale in Canada, and CFIA would inform the
minister if the agency found evidence that food regulations had been

“To date, this has not happened,” said Matthew Wolf.

Two years ago, the U.S. FDA concluded that cloned pigs, goats and
cattle were safe to eat, as were their progeny. However, the European
Parliament recently moved to ban the sale of meat or dairy from cloned
animals and their offspring.

In Canada, the departments of agriculture, health and environment,
along with CFIA, produced a draft assessment of the safety of cloned
animals in August 2008, but it is still in the review stage.

Lucy Sharratt, co-ordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action
Network, says “this whole issue of genetically-engineered animals is
huge,” but the government appears unperturbed by the sector’s growth
and the potential for entering the food chain.

“If experimental, non-regulated, genetically-engineered animals or
crops get into the food system, they don’t necessarily care unless the
public makes it an issue. That’s our experience,” said Sharratt.

Read more:

Another “dead” Cloned Cow story from Huffington Post.

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)

Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 0R5
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext.6
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