Although they don't view the issue as extremely pressing, officials in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan all promised to study using cloned animals for food, according to Reuters.
Their reaction comes following the USDA announcement Tuesday that meat and milk from cloned animals are safe for human consumption. An official with the Japanese Agriculture Ministry, who declined to be named, said the ministry would act with other Japanese authorities to review the issue. "At this point, I don't think the situation calls for any quick action," he said.
"Our main concern is safety," said Hsieh Ting-hung, deputy director of Taiwan's health ministry's food safety department, according to Reuters. "We need to first understand the process by which it is produced, and we will observe how this is received internationally."