FDA Poised to Approve Food from Cloned Animals

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The government says food from cloned animals is safe to eat -- no special labels needed.

The Food and Drug Administration plans to brief industry groups in advance of an announcement Thursday morning. The agency already has indicated it would approve cloned livestock.

Consumer groups say labels are a must because surveys have shown people are uncomfortable with the idea of meat and milk from cloned livestock. But those in favor of the technology say it would be used primarily for breeding and not for steak or pork tenderloin.

The Consumer Federation of American says the government is ignoring research that shows cloning results in more deaths and deformed animals than other reproductive technologies.

Final approval of cloned animals for food is months away. There will be a public comment period first.