Cloned Animals Get O.K. from U.S. Food Regulators

Cloned animals are safe for humans to eat, U.S. regulators said on Monday after a seven year review.

The Food and Drug Administration said there were no special risks associated with the cloning technology.

Products such as milk and meat from such animals could eventually fill store shelves. There is currently a voluntary moratorium set up by the U.S. Agriculture Department for selling such products until more until labeling and marketing restrictions can be set up.

We conclude that meat and milk from cattle, swine, and goat clones are as safe as food we eat every day,'' said Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, in a statement.

The announcement comes a day after the FDA's counterpart in Europe, the European Food Safety Authority, said that in its scientific opinion, it was unlikely that there exists any difference in terms of food safety between cloned and naturally bred animals.