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With the safety and ethics of new food technologies causing concern across Europe, the European Parliament asked Wednesday for a ban on the sale of foods from cloned animals and their offspring, the New York Times reported. The group also called for a suspension of foods containing ingredients created with nanotechnology.
The parliament is looking to create legislation that deals specifically with cloning because of concerns over the process and animal cruelty, the Times reported.
"Although no safety concerns have been identified so far with meat produced from cloned animals, this technique raises serious issues about animal welfare, reduction of biodiversity, as well as ethical concerns," said Corinne Lepage, a French member of the European Parliament.
In 2008 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said there were no inherent safety problems with meat or milk from cloned animals -- specifically cows, goats or pigs -- or their offspring, Slashfood reported. It also lifted a moratorium on the sale of meat from cloned animals or their kin.