Extracts from the EC midday press briefing by Frédéric Vincent, spokesperson of John Dalli, on temporary suspension of animal cloning for food production in the EU
On 19/10/2010, Frédéric Vincent, spokesperson of John Dalli, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, announced during the EC midday press briefing, the EC's proposal of a temporary suspension of animal cloning for food production in the EU. The Commission also planned to suspend temporarily the use of cloned farm animals, and the marketing of food from clones. All temporary measures will be reviewed after five years. The establishment of a traceability system for imports of reproductive materials for clones, such as semen and embryos of clones, was also envisaged. The system will allow farmers and industry to set up database with the animals that would emerge from these reproductive materials.