The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to release a draft risk assessment on livestock cloning before the end of the year. Following that, there is expected to be a 60-day comment period. Afterwards, FDA likely will lift a voluntary moratorium on the sale of milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring.
The Consumers Federation of America said in a press release, "By not requiring cloned milk and meat be labeled, the U.S. Government is permitting these ethically questionable products to be foisted on a reluctant public through secrecy and stealth. There will be no freedom to choose in the cloned milk and meat marketplace."
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C., correspondent