I love the way the cautionary words of the government’s Chief Scientist are either being translated in, or ignored by, the media.
What Andrew Wadge actually said was (my emphasis):
‘The committee (Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes) has confirmed that meat from cloned cattle (and the offspring of cloned cattle) shows no substantial difference to conventionally produced meat and milk and therefore it is unlikely to present a food safety risk.’
Is it possible to squeeze more caveats in to one sentence?
But the scary thing is that this sentence effectively opens the way for cloned meat to be sold, unlabelled as cloned meat, in the UK.
After what length of testing?
- 1 year?
- 2 years?
- 5 years?
- 10 years?
- 25 years?
That’s comforting, isn’t it? That’s less testing than Thalidomide had.