The European Commission requested the European Food Safety Authority to advice on food safety, animal health, animal welfare and environmental implications of live cloned animals obtained through somatic cell nucleus transfer (SCNT) technique, their offspring and of the products obtained from those animals.
Taking into account the complexity of the issue and the broad range of expertise needed to address this question, EFSA charged its Scientific Committee to address this request. A working group of experts in the field is currently being established to prepare a draft opinion.
EFSA is seeking scientific contributions from Third Parties which could be useful for the preparation of the opinion. EFSA encourages submission of peer reviewed data as the most relevant and reliable documents. Non Peer reviewed data will only be considered if they are based on scientific evidence and if they meet adequate quality standards, e.g. publications “in press”, technical reports or other scientific documents or data.
EFSA would appreciate receiving data covering the following issues:
- Technology of transferring the intact nucleus of a somatic cell into an enucleated oocyte;
- Health and welfare of the foster mother and the cloned animal;
- Characterization of the genetic make-up of the cloned animal, considering both intranuclear and extranuclear (mitochondrial) genetic material;
- Comparative physiology of cloned and conventional animals, including reproductive capacity;
- Safety of consumption of cloned animals and their products (meat, milk products, eggs);
- Characterization of the genetic make-up of the offspring of the cloned animal;
- Comparative physiology of the offspring of cloned and conventional animals;
- Health and welfare of the offspring of cloned animals;
- Safety of consumption of offspring of cloned animals and their products (meat, milk products, eggs);
- Environmental implications
Submission of Data:
Dr. Juliane Kleiner
Senior Scientific Officer
Scientific Committee and Advisory Forum Unit
European Food Safety Authority
Largo N. Palli 5a
e-mail: juliane.kleiner [at] efsa.europa.eu