Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) and other Senators have written the Secretary of Health and Human Services about concerns with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to allow the inclusion of meat and milk from cloned animals in commercial markets. The Senators ask FDA to resubmit FDA's new draft risk assessment to scientific peer review by the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee.

The letter states, "The availability of new scientific data demands that FDA pursue comprehensive scientific scrutiny on this issue." Others signing the letter were: Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Norm Coleman (R-MN), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Herb Kohl (D-WI), and Arlen Specter (R-PA).
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C., correspondent