Several calves whose mother was a clone have been born at a farm in Shropshire, it has been revealed.
Three calves, who were the progeny of the cloned animal, were born at the Smiddiehill Holsteins farm in December 2006. Their mother is believed to have been created in a US laboratory.
A worker at the farm, who did not wish to be named said: "There are no cloned cows anywhere in the UK. Back in December 2006, three calves who were the progeny of a cloned cow were born at the farm."
He said the farm had since dispensed with the herd and had now taken another track. In January the US government approved the production and marketing of foods derived from cloned animals.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that meat and milk from cloned pigs, cattle and goats and their offspring was safe.
The European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) also released draft guidance in January concluding that foods from cloned pigs and cattle were essentially identical to those from conventionally bred animals.
Efsa said there were health and welfare issues, but these were likely to diminish as technology progressed