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
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 19/10/2010 First transmission: 19/10/2010
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.
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||SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) by Frédéric Vincent, spokesperson of John Dalli, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, saying that according to scientific evidence, consumption of meat or milk of cloned animals is not a human health issue, this meat and this milk are normal; there is no difference with the meat or the milk of traditional animals. The Commission believes that there are ethical questions but also animal health issues. Cloning is a recent technique, less than 15 years old (Dolly was born in 1997 in Scotland), and the success rate for animal cloning are still low. So, what is the Commission proposing in its report? They are announcing that they will shortly propose the ban on cloning for food production in the European Union. And the report also addresses the question of trade saying that the import of seed and embryos from outside the European Union, will be subjected to traceability when there is cloning or embyro involved.
||Cutaways of the press room (3 shots)