Cloned cow meat: now there’s 100 offspring
The cloned cow whose offspring entered the British food chain could have more than 100 descendants in the UK, records suggested last night.
The Food Standards Agency indicated it would look at the possibility of tracing “third generation clones” after confirming two cloned offspring had found their way on to British dinner plates.
Amid fears that even more cloned meat could have found its way on to shop shelves, it emerged three cattle born from the American clone — whose pedigree name is Vandyk K Integ Paradise 2 — had produced 97 calves.
Smiddiehill Paratrooper had 38 offspring, Smiddiehill Perfect had 58, while Smiddiehill Dundee Paradise had one, details on the Holstein UK website showed.
When asked whether the Food Standards Agency was trying to trace descendants, a spokesman said: “It's something we are looking at.”
Smiddiehill Paratrooper's offspring were all born after August last year, while Smiddiehill Perfect's trace back to July last year. Smiddiehill Dundee Paradise's single offspring was registered in April last year, according to the website.
News that another sibling Parable, which was born in May 2007 and slaughtered on May 5 2010, entered the food chain follows confirmation that meat from another of the bulls, Dundee Paratrooper, entered the food chain in 2009.
The FSA said meat from both animals will have been eaten, but stressed there was no evidence of a safety risk.
The FSA also confirmed last night that Dundee Paradise remained part of a dairy herd on a UK farm, but there was no evidence milk from the animal had entered the food chain.
The agency believed two other cows were being kept as part of dairy herds but it had been unable to confirm if their milk had entered the food chain.
Earlier yesterday the owner of one of the bulls which entered the food chain insisted he had done nothing wrong.