Navigating the unchartered waters of cloned livestock and their offspring

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13 October 2010

Like the feeding of meat and bone meal to livestock, clones and their offspring are an emotive subject where the known science comes up abruptly against politics, consumer perception and media debate.

The issue is further clouded in the UK as Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidelines indicate that the sale of meat or milk from clones and their offspring without their approval is against the law. This conflicts with EU guidance that the sale of such items would be legal, and the issue is likely to remain contentious until such time as it has been tested in a court of law.

Burges Salmon acted in the first case involving imported cloned embryos and their subsequent offspring. Our highly experienced and knowledgeable food and farming team, led by William Neville, is able to offer advice and guidance in this sensitive, specialist area.

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