Bill to Prohibit Cloned Products From Organic Labeling

US - Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) have introduced legislation that would bar products produced from cloned livestock from receiving an organic food label under the National Organic Program administered by the Agriculture Department.
calendar icon 15 February 2007
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The two senators said “since cloning isn’t a natural process, it shouldn’t be marketed that way.”

The senators cited legal analysis they believe shows that the federal definition of organic food could allow cloned animal products to be labeled as organic. The Agricultural Marketing Service, which runs USDA’s National Organic Program, and the National Organic Standards Board, which sets guidelines for organic food labeling, reportedly plan to consider the issue in meetings later this year.

The American Farm Bureau Federation supports the continued development of animal cloning as a means to advance assisted reproductive technology such as artificial insemination, embryo transfer and in-vitro fertilization.

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