Probably no reproductive technology creates more misunderstanding and apprehension than cloning. The term tends to conjure images of evil sci-fi scientists tending tanks full of bubbling goo, growing fully grown reproductions to do their nefarious bidding.

But in spite of public misgivings, cloning has significant potential as a genetic tool in livestock production, and numerous studies have demonstrated its safety in food animals. Back in 2008, the FDA ruled that meat and milk from cloned animals was safe to consume and that no specific labeling requirements would be mandated for such products. U.S producers currently adhere to a voluntary policy to keep cloned animals out of the food chain.