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Paving the Way for Cloned Meat to Japanese Market

08 January 2009

JAPAN - A Food Safety Commission working group likely will acknowledge the safety of meat from cloned cattle and swine in a report to the commission's higher panel, potentially paving the way for cloned meat to enter the market.

According to Yomiuri, the decision was made after its subgroup of experts had concluded meat from cloned animals was as safe as that from ordinary livestock.

Once the commission acknowledges the safety of the meat, it is expected to open the door to the distribution of beef from cloned cows in the market, the sources said.

The commission is under the jurisdiction of the Cabinet Office, reported Yomiuri earlier.

Concerns have been expressed over the safety of cows and pigs cloned from somatic cells because of their higher rates of stillbirths and deaths soon after birth.

After examining reports and studies from around the world, however, the subgroup concluded cloned animals would grow healthy after they reached 6 months of age, according to the sources.

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