Meat from cloned cow ‘entered food chain’
Meat from the offspring of a cloned cow entered the food chain last year, the Food Standards Agency has said.
The revelation came as the FSA continued to investigate reports that products from the offspring of cloned animals had entered the UK food chain.
A probe was launched in the wake of claims a British farmer had admitted using milk in his daily production without labelling it as from the offspring of a cloned cow.
The FSA said it had traced a single animal, Dundee Paradise, believed to be part of a dairy herd, but could not |confirm that milk from the animal entered the food chain.
It added that as part of the investigation it had identified two bulls born in the UK from embryos harvested from a cloned cow in the US — both of which had been slaughtered.
The FSA said meat from one had entered the food chain and “will have been eaten” and meat from the other had been stopped from entering the food chain.
But UK dairy industry body DairyCo was “confident” no milk from the offspring of cloned animals entered the human food chain.