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Panel OKs Altered Food Labels

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File photo of food for sale in a supermarket. (JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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By STEPHEN SINGER
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut has taken the first step to
require producers to label food that has been genetically modified.

The legislature’s Environment Committee voted 23-to-6 to approve
the legislation on Wednesday.

Lawmakers who say they want to protect consumers prevailed over
other legislators who said the new packaging rules would drive up
costs.

The federal government and states do not require labeling for
all genetically modified foods. Connecticut is among nearly 20
states considering a requirement. Backers say genetically
engineered foods pose allergy and other health risks and labels
give consumers valuable information.

The state Department of Agriculture opposes the legislation.
Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky said in an interview
that it’s the responsibility of the federal government to set
national standards.

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