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Animal Cloning: EU Calls for Data to Support Science

13 March 2009

EU - EFSA has launched a call for data on the implications of animal cloning. This follows a request from the European Commission to provide further scientific advice on this issue, building on the recommendations included in EFSA’s 2008 opinion on the implications of animal cloning on food safety, animal health and welfare and the environment.

The Commission has asked EFSA to further investigate the health and welfare of clones during their life span and the causes of disease and mortality during the gestation period and at early stages of life. EFSA will also consider the extent to which current knowledge on the cloning of cattle and pigs can be applied to sheep, goats and chicken.

EFSA’s Scientific Committee will deliver its advice by June 2009. The call for data is aimed at all parties holding relevant information which has become available since January 2008, such as new publications or scientific information which has not yet been published.

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