6 August 2010 | Lindsay Clark
Dairy Crest has written to its vendors for reassurance that they are not providing products that contain milk from cloned cows.
The move follows a media furore suggesting that cloned meat and other animal products had entered the food chain.
Although the Food Standards Agency has reassured consumers that milk and meat from healthy cloned animals are not dangerous to eat, it has reminded suppliers that “novel foods” from these sources are regulated under the law.
As such, Dairy Crest, which manufactures Cathedral City cheese and Country Life butter, said its milk purchasing contract prohibits the supply of milk from cloned animals.
The company said: “We do not believe that any of our suppliers have breached these requirements but recent events have created a need for additional measures of due diligence. For the purposes of clarity, we have written to all our milk suppliers to remind them that in the absence of authorisation of novel foods from the Foods Standards Agency it is unlawful to supply milk from cows produced by cloning methods or from the offspring of cloned cows.”
This would be in breach of the contractual obligations of Dairy Crest’s milk producer’s agreement, the firm said. “All suppliers have been required to sign a declaration that they have not, and will not, supply milk from cloned cows or their offspring.”