European Union wants cloned meat off the table
BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Commission said on Wednesday it would ban meat from cloned animals but stopped short of imposing restrictions on produce from the offspring of such animals, a potentially sensitive issue in EU-US free trade talks.
Introducing the planned rules, EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg said the use of cloning for farm animals and the import of cloned animals will be banned in the 28-member bloc.
He added that the marketing of food from cloned animals would also be prohibited.
"These proposals intend to address animal welfare and other ethical concerns related to the use of the technique," the Commission said.