The FDA has announced that cloned food is safe to eat, but many groups are still concerned.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest says the FDA has "satisfactorily answered the safety question" but:
Congress should hold hearings on the animal-welfare, ethical, and environmental implications of cloning. […]
If companies begin using clones to breed food animals, they need to
explain why. Will it make any food product better, safer, cheaper or
more sustainable? Clear evidence of benefits must be generated if
consumers are going to accept cloned animals and their products.
Link: CSPI on the FDA’s Safety Assessment of Food from Cloned Animals.
The Union of Concerned Scientists says:
“Animal cloning is a controversial technology with few, if any,
benefits to consumers. […]
“The agency’s risk assessment is long on assumptions and short on
hard data. It fails to address ethical issues associated with cloning,
including the role of animal cloning as a steppingstone to human
“Nor does the risk assessment resolve trade concerns revolving
around this controversial technology. Other countries have more
rigorous regulatory systems and take ethical concerns into account. We
can afford the time to do additional studies.”
Link: FDA OKs Cloned Meat and Milk; USDA Keeps Moratorium in Place.
The Center for Food Safety is harsher:
"The FDA’s bullheaded action today disregards the
will of the public and the Senate – and opens a literal Pandora’s Box,"
said Andrew Kimbrell, CFS Executive Director. "FDA based their decision
on an incomplete and flawed review that relies on studies supplied by
cloning companies that want to force cloning technology on American
consumers. FDA’s action has placed the interests of a handful of
biotech firms above those of the public they are charged with
Link: FDA Opens "Pandora’s Box" by Approving Food from Clones for Sale.
News stories on this topic: Wired, Washington Post.