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Bill Would Prohibit Cloned Products from Organic Labeling

Kohl, Leahy introduce legislation.

Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., have introduced legislation that would bar products produced from cloned livestock from receiving an organic food label under the National Organic Program administered by the Agriculture Department.

The two senators said "since cloning isn't a natural process, it shouldn't be marketed that way."

The senators cited legal analysis they believe shows that the federal definition of organic food could allow cloned animal products to be labeled as organic. The Agricultural Marketing Service, which runs USDA's National Organic Program, and the National Organic Standards Board, which sets guidelines for organic food labeling, reportedly plan to consider the issue in meetings later this year.

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