Milk from cloned farm animals could now be a reality in Britain according to reports in the media.
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Compassion in World Farming is extremely concerned at the news that milk from the offspring of a cloned cow may be on sale in Britain. The Food Standards Agency must act quickly to trace this milk and get it withdrawn from shops.
The cloning of farm animals can involve great suffering. A cloned embryo has to be implanted into a surrogate mother who carries it to birth. Cloned embryos tend to be large and can result in painful births that are often carried out by Caesarean section. Many clones die during pregnancy or birth. Of those that survive, a significant proportion die in the early days and weeks of life from problems such as heart, liver and kidney failure.
The European Parliament has only recently voted for a ban on the sale of meat and milk from clones and their offspring. We call on the Coalition Government and the rest of the EU to follow the Parliament's lead and prohibit the sale of food from cloned animals and their offspring.
Media coverage of the story
BBC News at Ten: (Link expired on 03 August 2010)
BBC Radio 4's Farming Today: Whole episode on cloning (expires 10 August 2010)
The Daily Mail: Food watchdog investigates after dairy farmer's admission
The Guardian: Clone-derived milk claim prompts food agency inquiry
The Telegraph: Milk from offspring of cloned cow 'sold in Britain'
The Sun: 'Clone cow milk in British shops'
Channel 4: Watchdog probes 'sale' of cloned cow milk
BBC Online: Cloned cow milk claim investigated
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