Blog: A souring of confidence
Michelle Russell | 4 August 2010
A furore erupted in the UK earlier this week after an anonymous UK farmer told the International Herald Tribune that he was producing milk from a cow bred from a clone as part of his daily milk output.
It has since been confirmed by the Food Standards Agency that meat from the offspring of another cloned cow entered the food chain in the UK last year.
And, while experts have been quick to reassure the public that there is no evidence of health risks from the cloned animal meat, after the BSE crisis in the 1990s, it seems understandable that consumers want to know more about the food they are eating.
In the US, the equivalent of the FSA, the Food and Drug Administration, gave the green light to the production and marketing of foods derived from cloned pigs, cattle and goats and their offspring back in 2008.
But in the UK, meat from cloned animals is still illegal as it is classed as a "novel food".
So while the BSE break-out resulted in a crash in consumer confidence, this latest crisis will refuel anxiety among some consumers over what's in our food.
The UK newspaper the Telegraph has a cartoonist called Matt who has a unique gift for getting to the heart of how an issue is viewed over here. Here is his latest on the cloned milk issue.
A year after union officials alleged Fyffes abused workers on plantations in Central America - and called on the produce giant to be kicked out of the Ethical Trading Initiative forum - the company is...
Much of the chatter about where 3G Capital could look next has centred on packaged food - but might the private-equity fund be about to extend its foodservice empire?...
Headlines that Mead Johnson's board has backed Reckitt Benckiser's takeover bid will no doubt overshadow the other news on the group this week – that it is facing a US lawsuit from a “whistle blower” ...
- Does Kraft Heinz want to swallow Unilever whole?
- Focus: Nestle CEO plan to balance sales, earnings
- Comment: Meal kits in US - don't believe the hype
- Is Mondelez's margin target hurting sales?
- Will Kellogg's DSD exit help it grow in US snacks?
- Nestle plans restructuring as 2016 profit misses
- Kraft Heinz pursuing Unilever in takeover move
- General Mills issues profit warning
- Kraft Heinz returns to organic growth, ups margins
- Kraft Heinz pulls Unilever bid