Two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to prevent meat and milk from clone livestock or their offspring to be labeled under USDA's National Organic Program. Sens Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), presented the legislation designed specifically to address the offspring from cloned animals. Current organic standards do not allowed products from cloned animals.
"Any attempt to allow cloned animal products to carry the organic label would be inconsistent with the national organic standards and labeling program," says Leahy, author of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.
The cloned-animal debate has heated up in recent months as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its final risk assessment indicating that products from cloned animals or their offspring and conventional animals are indistinguishable and therefore do not require labeling. FDA is in the process of collecting comments on the issue.
The nation's organic industry has stressed that it is against any type of cloning being associated with organic products.
Meanwhile, last fall, the Center for Food Safety filed a legal petition with the FDA for a moratorium on foods produced from cloned animals. It also asked for mandatory rules for pre-market food safety and environmental review of food products from cloned animals.
Some states, including California and Massachusetts, are considering state bills requiring labeling of products from cloned animals and their offspring.
Source: Decision News Media