Brussels said is calling for views on the acceptance of techniques and the possible introduction of EU regulations on the use of cloned animals in food processing and the food chain.
The issue was originally earmarked for inclusion in recent novel foods regulations but concerns from MEPs forced the EC to agree to consider it as a separate measure.
The Commission opened the consultation exercise last week to a raft of sectors, including food manufacturers and those in the retail and distribution segments. Farmers, animal breeders, cloning companies, non-governmental organisations, public authorities and citizens are also able to comment.
The information will be included in an impact assessment that is likely to form the basis for proposed EU legislation in 2013.
Comments, which must be submitted by 3 September 2012, should be sent to
European Commission, Directorate General Health and Consumers, Unit E6 Innovation and sustainability, B-1049 – Belgium
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