U.S. consumers could soon be dining on milk and meat from cloned animals.

According to an article in the Indianapolis Star the Food and Drug Administration is getting close to granting approval for the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring. It is estimated that FDA will propose to permit the sales of these food products yet this year. Once the proposal is announced there will be a 60 day public comment period and some additional review.

While the amount of research showing the safety of food from cloned animals continues to mount, some industry and consumer groups are concerned about public backlash if approved. A national survey conducted in 2004 by the Pew Initiative showed that 57 percent of those polled opposed “scientific research into the genetic modification of animals.”

When it happens, the cloning ruling would include cloning of goats, pigs, sheep and cows.

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