In the growing vocal opposition to meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring Whole Foods and Wild Oats grocery stores have stepped forward. Both dominant organic/natural grocers have said "no" to that future product option.
Last December U.S. Food and Drug Administration released it's draft risk-assessment report that said meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring are safe to eat and do not require extra labeling. But that position has raised significant opposition from various groups, largely consumer-based ones, and included the filing of a legal petition. Of course natural and organic retailers aren't likely to embrace the idea or the product line.
FDA is accepting public comments through mid-April, on its risk-assessment and possible future plans for meat and milk products from cloned animals.
Both Whole Foods and Wild Oats officials say they will ban meat and milk products from cloned animals and their offspring regardless of FDA's assessment or labeling decision.
"Whole Foods believes any food derived from cloned animals and offspring should be required to be labeled as such to allow consumers to make informed decisions on the meat and milk they buy," says Margaret Wittenberg, vice president of communications and quality standards for the chain.
Regardless of the science behind FDA's decision or any other scientific justification, this topic is going to generate a long, harsh battle in Congress and beyond.