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The European Commission has referred the issue of cloned animals and their offspring to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Group of Ethics for their Opinions.

EFSA has been asked to assess the possible implications of cloning for food safety, animal health, animal welfare and environment in the EU. Animal cloning is a new breeding technique, which is currently used almost exclusively for research purposes in the EU. However, it appears likely to develop and expand both in the EU and internationally in the future.

EFSA is expected to deliver its Opinion on this issue within six months.

The Commission has also asked the European Group of Ethics to update its existing Opinion on the ethical aspects of cloning techniques. The Group of Ethics will consider the implications of cloning farm animals, taking into account the potential health risks for cloned animals. Consideration will also be given to potential interference with biodiversity.