Dean Foods Co. Just Says No

The largest U.S. dairy processor and distributor, Dean Foods Co., said last week that if cloned-animal food products should ever actually hit grocery store shelves, the company will work with its dairy farmers to make sure that Dean Foods Co. milk does not come from cloned cows.

Sure, you say.  Cloned cows?  When pigs fly.  No indeed.  When pigs’ cellular nuclei are fused to egg cells and implanted in surrogate pig mothers to become piggie clones.

According to an article released last Friday, from Reuters’ science section:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration tentatively ruled late last year that milk and meat from some cloned animals are safe to eat, bringing the controversial technology closer to American grocery carts

Processors and distributors won’t be authorized to sell products derived from the meat of cloned animals until the FDA gives them the official go-ahead, but Dean Foods Co., it seems, wanted to send out a preemptive “no.”  They say their decision has to do with meeting consumer demand, and maintaining consumer trust.

Sounds like Dean Foods Co. is pretty determined not to milk clones for all they’re worth.