Acording to The Guardian, Chinese scientists are currently planing to build the world’s largest animal cloning factory in China.
Xu Xiaochun, the chief executive of BoyaLife, the company behind the 200m yuan (£20.6m) project, said it would begin operations in the first half of 2016 in Tianjin, a city about 160km (100 miles) from Beijing.
“We are going [down] a path that no one has ever travelled,” he told the Guardian following the unveiling of the factory’s blueprint this week. “We are building something that has not existed in the past.”
The legal implications, worldwide of this new developed techniques, used for both company animals and livestook needed are still debated in both the United States and European Union authorities. After a lengthy debate over cloned livestock, the US FDA ruled that clones were as safe to eat as any other cattle, pigs or goats. But most cloned cattle in the US are used as breeding stock, to raise the quality of herds, rather than to sell for food.
In the UK, meat and milk from cloned cows are considered “novel foods” and suppliers need special permission to sell them. In 2010, beef from the offspring of a cow cloned in the US entered the food chain, leading to an investigation by the Food Standards Agency.
However, despite this techniques meeting the safety regulations of food, legal disputes both in Intelectual Property and Food Safety Regulations will arrise in the immediate future.