The European Parliament's Environment and Food Safety and Agriculture Committees have this week voted on draft EU legislation on the cloning of animals.
Alyn Smith, SNP MEP and member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, welcomed the vote, which would introduce a comprehensive ban on the placing on the market of food from clones and their descendants, and included a call to implement a system to guarantee the traceability of these products.
After the vote, Alyn Smith said:
"Until there is scientific consensus that food from cloned animals and their offspring is completely safe for human consumption then there must be a total ban in place. Scottish farmers are well aware of the value of full consumer confidence and it is vital that this is preserved.
"At the moment, getting food from clones raises significant questions, not only concerns over animal welfare but also in terms of livestock management and genetic diversity. Until we have better answers on all of these matters then a ban must be maintained.
"However, we are still a long way from the finish line on this. The last attempt failed completely. I hope, this time, that an agreement can be reached so that we can update the now extremely out of date regulation from 1997. The science has moved on and so the legislation must, too."