Food derived from cloned cattle, pigs and goats is safe to enter the American food supply, according to a long-awaited final report from the Food and Drug Administration obtained by the Washington Post.
The 968-page "final risk assessment" concludes there is no evidence to support opponents' concerns that food from cloned animals poses hidden risks, the newspaper reported.
Despite the FDA report, it still will be years before foods from cloned animals show up on store shelves, in part because the clones themselves are too valuable to slaughter or milk, the Post reports.
Instead, the replicas of prize-winning farm animals reportedly will primarily be used as breeding stock to create what is hoped will become a new generation of superior farm animals.
FDA officials have said they do not expect to require food from clones to be labeled as such, but they may allow foods from ordinary animals to be labeled as not from clones.