The livestock sector has taken a battering in recent days with the news that meat – and possibly milk – from clone-derived animals has entered the food chain.
It has been front page news since the start of the week with some media outlets making claims about Frankenstein foods and supersized cows.
The Food Standards Agency has repeatedly said that there is no evidence that consuming products from healthy clones, or their offspring, poses a food safety risk.
This is a message that Farmers Weekly has sought to emphasise on behalf of our livestock readers in order to bring some balance to the debate.
We’ve been keen to stress that none of the animals in question are clones – but are in fact the progeny of clones or their offspring – and that the majority of animals producing meat and milk have been produced without using cloning technology.
Deputy news editor Caroline Stocks appeared on Farming Today on Tuesday (2 August) (click to listen again) and livestock editor Jonathan Long was interviewed on BBC News 24 on Wednesday (3 August).
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