F.D.A. Says Food From Cloned Animals Is Safe

To clone or not to clone, that is the question.  It takes on a whole new meaning to Wendy’s  “Where’s the beef”
The calf Priscilla was cloned by ViaGen from a slab of beef.
Published: January 16, 2008

After years of debate, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday declared that food from cloned animals and their progeny is safe to eat, clearing the way for milk and meat derived from genetic copies of prized dairy cows, steers and hogs to be sold at the grocery store. 

The decision was hailed by cloning companies and some farmers, who have been pushing for government approval in hopes of turning cloning into a routine agricultural tool. Because clones are costly, it is their offspring that are most likely to be used for producing milk, hamburgers or pork chops, while the clones themselves are reserved for breeding.

“This is a huge milestone,” said Mark Walton, president of ViaGen, a leading livestock cloning company in Austin, Tex.

Farmers had long observed a voluntary moratorium on the sale of clones and their offspring into the food supply. The F.D.A. on Tuesday effectively lifted that for clone offspring. But another government agency, the Agriculture Department, asked farmers to continue withholding clones themselves from the food supply, saying the department wanted time to allay concerns among retailers and overseas trading partners.

“We are very cognizant we have a global environment as it pertains to movement of agricultural products,” said Bruce I. Knight, under secretary of agriculture for marketing and regulatory programs. He said it was his goal to have the transition last months, not years.

Animal breeding takes time, so even with Tuesday’s actions, it is likely to be several years before products from the offspring of clones are at the grocery store in appreciable quantity.

Further down in the article Representative Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut expressed this proposal:

However, Representative Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut, has introduced legislation to require labels on cloned products, and consumer groups suggested that labeling would be a battleground in the near future.

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I would be interested in your comments as well.

From this article it is obvious that the food industry isn’t ready to immediately jump in the water without concerns but do feel comfortable that we will see cloning in the not to far future as the alternative way of producing and supplying dairy and meat products. I personally don’t think this is something I could commit to especially and hopefully will require all that is cloned to be labeled as such as given a choice I personally would not choose the cloned product…..flagranny2

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Report: Joey Buttafuoco, Amy Fisher to Move In Together? (doesn’t that warm your heart?)

Is love better the second time around after shooting your boyfriend’s wife and serving time in prison? Of course it takes two, idiots and one bullet to go the distance. Gee, and they said it wouldn’t last.

The mention of a reality show is something I can’t even imagine but then there are producers who will make a reality show out of a “dog and a bone“. The latest update on the “LIL” and her man are from Fox and the New York Post below.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Five days after reuniting for the cameras, Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher say they’re moving in together.

The New York Post reports that Buttafuoco says he isn’t about to waste any time shoring up the budding relationship he has with former “Long Island Lolita” lover. He’s flying to New York from California on Friday to move into her Holtsville, L.I., home, sources told the paper.

Buttafuoco’s estranged wife, Evanka, hinted she may fight to keep her man, while other reports say Fisher’s estranged husband is in the process of moving out of their home.

Buttafuoco, 53, and Fisher, 32, were last lovers 15 years ago, when Fisher shot her lover’s then-wife, Mary Joe, in the head. Mary Joe survived and Fisher went to prison for the crime. There are reports that Buttafuoco and Fisher plan a reality TV show.

The New York Post report
LOVE NEST FOR JOEY & ‘LOLITA’
By KATE SHEEHY
Long Island’s two biggest losers just went from zero to 60 in less than a week. Five days after reuniting for the cameras, they say they’re moving in together. Lumpy lothario Joey Buttafuoco says he isn’t about to waste any time shoring up the budding, bizarro relationship he has with former “Long Island Lolita” lover Amy Fisher – he’s flying to New York from California on Friday to move into her Holtsville, L.I., home, sources said yesterday.

Fisher’s estranged hubby is in the process of moving out, TV’s “The Insider” reported.

Buttafuoco’s comely estranged wife, Evanka, who as recently as this past weekend was spotted canoodling with her beefy hubby poolside in Palm Springs, hinted she may fight to keep her man.

Buttafuoco, 53, and Fisher, 32, were last lovers 15 years ago – when the Lolita pumped a bullet into the head of her previous love rival, Joey’s then-wife, Mary Jo.

Both reports rumors of a planned reality show.

Mary Jo Scoffs at Joey and Amy’s Second Shot at Love (Long Island Lolita, Amy Fisher and Joey B. together again?)

Fifteen Years After the Notorious Shooting, Mary Jo Buttafuoco Says She’s Moved On

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Mary Jo Buttafuoco, pictured in 2006, told “Good Morning America” that she thinks Joey’s latest hookup with Amy Fisher is about the money. Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher, pictured here arriving separately at the Lingerie Bowl in Los Angeles in 2006, went out to dinner Wednesday night. (Splash News/AP Photo/Splash News)

Fifteen years ago, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot in the face outside her Long Island home by Amy Fisher, the 17-year-old lover of her husband, Joey.

Now going by her birth name, Mary Jo Connery has moved on. She lives in California, where she runs a small business with her fiance, Stu Tendler, called OriginalPartyPosters.com, which designs party posters.

Fifteen years ago, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot in the face outside her Long Island home by Amy Fisher, the 17-year-old lover of her husband, Joey.

Now going by her birth name, Mary Jo Connery has moved on. She lives in California, where she runs a small business with her fiance, Stu Tendler, called OriginalPartyPosters.com, which designs party posters.

“It’s really like an old dream,” Connery said in an exclusive interview today with “Good Morning America.” “When I look back now, it was a nightmare. I can’t believe I survived it. I can’t believe I raised a family through it.”

Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher, however, seem ready to stroll down memory lane and take another shot at love.

The duo had dinner together Wednesday night in Port Jefferson, N.Y., where the date was taped and will be shown tonight on “The Insider.”

As for the continued fascination with Buttafuoco and Fisher, Connery said, “Why do we like train wrecks? Why do we like to watch? Why do we slow down when we go past an accident scene? It’s the nature of the beast, I guess.”

He’s Hit Rock Bottom

Both Buttafuoco, 53, and Fisher, 32, have been served with divorce papers from their current spouses.

Recent reports suggest that the former lovers are in talks to produce a TV reality show.

Connery said she was initially upset and angry when she heard about them getting together, but she’s not surprised. Her ex-husband’s motivation, she said, is simple.

“One word: money, money,” she said. “Joe has lost everything. He doesn’t have a business; he’s been in jail more times than I can count. He has nothing. There’s nothing in his life, and he’s hit rock bottom, and so this is what he does.”

The Buttafuocos and Fisher, dubbed the “Long Island Lolita,” all gained instant notoriety after the shooting on May 19, 1992, and the details of the affair became public. Drew Barrymore even played Fisher in a made-for-TV movie of the events.

Joey Buttafuoco served time in jail for statutory rape, and Fisher served seven years for the assault on his wife.

Mary Jo, meanwhile, almost died, and she still deals with lingering physical problems from the shooting, including nerve damage and blurred vision in her right eye.

“Well, it stays with me every day when I wake up and I look at myself in the mirror, and I can’t hear and I can’t see and my face is paralyzed,” Connery said. “I mean, I’ve gotten used to it, it’s what is my life now. So it’s always there.” Initially, her prognosis was bleak.

“And then they said, ‘Oh, she’s not gonna walk, she’s not gonna talk, she’s not gonna, you know, breathe on her own,'” Connery said. “And then as I did each step and then came this far, they called me a miracle.”

Why Did She Stay With Him?

Surprisingly, Joey and Mary Jo stayed together after he got out of jail, and the couple moved to California together.

Even now, she says that decision was the right one.

“I’ve managed to raise my children — they’re adults, they’re on their own. They’re good, decent, honest people. I can look back and say, I did the right thing,” Connery said.

Mary Jo and Joey eventually divorced in 2003.

“He’s in the gutter and I’m standing tall, and time always tells the truth, always,” she said.

Life has turned around since then, and she said she and Tendler, a graphic designer, are very happy together.

“She’s just a wonderful person. She’s warm, caring, loving. I don’t know … he gave this away. I don’t get that,” Tendler said on “Good Morning America.”

For all she’s been through, Tendler said that Mary Jo has remained “happy all the time and funny and smart and she’s just great.” The Buttafuoco chapter of her life is officially closed. And her final words for Joey and Amy?

“Good riddance,” she said.