The Regulatory Challenge of Animal Cloning for Food – The Risks of Risk Regulation in the European Union
|European Journal of Risk Regulation 1/2010: pp. 31-39 |
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In this article I describe and analyse the current regulatory developments at EU level concerning
the marketing of foods produced from cloned animals. As they are on the verge of
commercialisation in countries outside the EU, especially in the United States, foods from
cloned animals are likely to reach the European consumers in the foreseeable future. Yet at
the moment there is no specific legal framework that regulates such products in the EU. The
European institutions have, however, opened up a debate to determine the appropriate European
policy approach towards animal cloning. The recent discussion reveals that the variety
of potential yet very uncertain risks associated with animal cloning renders the drafting
of suitable legislation difficult. At the same time, Europe’s regulation of food risks also
entails certain regulatory risks of its own (e.g. risks of political, economic, and legal conflicts
within the EU as well as with EU’s trade partners). By considering the discussion on animal
cloning in the broader context of EU’s regulation of genetically modified organisms and of
nanotechnology, I identify the legal and political problems of current regulatory options.
I argue that such problems should be openly addressed in the regulatory discussion; it is
possible for them to be minimised if lessons are drawn from previous regulatory experience.
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