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No cloned steaks on EU plates

October 22, 2010
"Cloning for food is not required. There's no need for it."
- European health commissioner John Dalli

The European Union on Tuesday announced plans for a five-year ban on animal cloning for food production as well as a traceability system for imports of semen and embryos of clones.

The plan is to be published as legislative proposals next year but will need to be approved by EU governments and lawmakers.

It would enable cloning for uses other than food, such as research, conservation of endangered species or use of animals for the production of pharmaceuticals.

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