Digest: Clones, coal, transfats, dairy and more

Washington Post: The FDA is poised to approve the sale of milk and meat from cloned animals for public consumption. From the article: “Farmers and companies …say cloning will bring consumers a level of consistency and quality impossible to attain with conventional breeding, making perfectly marbled beef and reliably lean and tasty pork the norm on grocery shelves.” (Hat tip to Kevin, via Slashdot) (Dairy Queen: Wow. Brave New World — or is it Animal Farm?)

New York Times*: Chalk one up for Eric Schlosser — Disney said yesterday that its name and characters would no longer be used to market food items that did not meet new nutritional standards. (Thanks Jack!)

Reuters: The EU will decide this week whether to test all U.S. long-grain rice imports to prove they’re GMO-free.

Canada.com: A Quebec farmer is trying to initiate a class action lawsuit against Ottawa and a multinational feed company, saying they knew how to prevent the spread of mad cow disease a decade before it showed up in Canadian cattle but did nothing.

Seattle Times: The U.S. — Texas in particular — is building new coal plants as if they’re going out of style. Which they are, if you believe in global warming. But never fear, says a coal rep: “It can be a good viable resource without really harming the environment.” Oh, really?

Trans Fats

New Jersey Business: New Jersey restaurants and businesses are calling proposed bans on trans fats in cooking oils and on foie gras “un-American.”

AP/Excite: Two years after adopting a ban on trans fats, Denmark claims that no one has noticed. The proof, of course, is not in the pudding but in the kringle.

Dairy updates

Pendle Today (UK): Beleaguered cheesemaker Bowland Dairy, the subject of a row between England’s food safety agency and the European Union’s, has closed its doors and laid off 26 people.

The Columbian: The Washington State Legislature is expected to consider a ban on raw milk, prompted by contraction of E. coli from an unlicensed producer and a licensed dairy. The licensed dairy, Grace Harbor, has Grade A certification, which makes the outbreak all the more surprising. The Washington State Department of Health has not reported a definite contamination of Grace Harbor’s raw milk or facilities, but the milk is the only common factor in two recent cases.

Whatcom Independent: In the wake of the E. coli case linked to their milk, Grace Harbor is getting out of the cow milk business to focus on goat products.

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