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'Offspring from a clone' safe in food chain

The Food Standards Agency has discovered that a bull which was bred from a cloned cow has been slaughtered and eaten in the UK.

Stem cell biologist Professor Robin Lovell-Badge told Today presenter Evan Davis that he believes it is safe to eat the meat, adding: "Sometimes a cloned animal will have some abnormalities, doesn't mean that's going to be unsafe to eat to begin with. When you breed from that animal you'll reset all those issues and you'll be back to perfectly normal."

And Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, leader of the team that created Dolly the sheep, said that he had "no problem" with eating cloned meat.

The latest news follows reports that a British dairy farmer used milk from a cow with a cloned parent. Under European law, foodstuffs produced from cloned animals must pass a safety test before being marketed.

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