Are Cloned Cow Meat and Milk Ok?

Januray 8, 2007

Greg Wiles, a dairy farmer in Maryland, has had cloned cows Cyagra Z and Genesis Z for five years.

Wiles says "from the normal healty one everything has been positive, from the unhealthy one we've had a disaster."

Cyagra Z has miscarried, had another calf die, has lost 500 pounds, has diarrhea along with a variety of other medical problems.

Scientists have seen abnormalities in other cloned cows, but the FDA may lift its voluntary ban on products from animal clones, which will put milk and meat from clones like Cyagra Z on supermarket shelves nationwide.

The FDA says "we find no discernible differences between food produced from this animal cloning technology and food produced through normal mating."

Some consumers believe that the FDA is not putting the resources it needs to assure consumers that the food is safe.

Wiles believes that the federal government is simply not interested in hearing about problems with Cyagra Z.

"Nobody in the last five years from the federal government has even stepped foot on the farm" says Wiles.

The FDA says it has solicitied information from owners of animal clones, including wiles.

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