The US Food and Drug Administration has reportedly concluded that milk and meat products from cloned cattle, pigs and goats are safe for human consumption.

“Edible products from normal, healthy clones or their progeny do not appear to pose increased food consumption risk,” Reuters quoted the executive summary of an FDA report as saying.

The findings of the report bring the FDA one step closer to making a decision on whether or not to allow the commercialisation of food from cloned animals. A final decision is expected next year.

The FDA said that if commercialisation is approved, retailers are most likely to sell meat and milk from the offspring of cloned animals rather than the cloned animals themselves. This is because cloned animals have a much higher price tag, Reuters reported.

The agency is expected to release the executive summary of the report today [Friday], while the whole report will be released at a later date.