With very little data to go on, the FDA has decided that milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring are safe to eat. This means that within a few months, the livestock industry could be shipping these items to your supermarket with no labeling.
Cloned cows and pigs suffer from numerous health problems. Many are born with deformities and birth defects, and a majority don't live to adulthood. Those that survive often have weakened immune systems. These sickly animals are frequently treated with antibiotics, which may contribute to an increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria. Without labeling, you won't be able to choose whether or not to buy meat from clones.
Act now! Ask your Senator to co-sponsor the Cloned Food Labeling Act (s.414) introduced by Senator Barbara Mikulski.
Dear Senator [Last Name]:
I am writing to ask you to co-sponsor the Cloned Food Labeling Act (S.414) introduced by Senator Barbara Mikulski. This bill will require labeling of milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring.
I care deeply about the quality of my food and the way it is produced, and I want to be able to choose for myself whether to buy products from cloned animals. A poll by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology in 2006 found that 64% of Americans nationwide are uncomfortable with animal cloning.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, many cloned animals are born with deformities and birth defects and do not survive to adulthood. Many suffer from illnesses and must be treated with antibiotics.
Labeling is a common sense approach that puts control over the food on my table back in my own hands. Please consider co-sponsoring S.414.