Bill Would Require Labels For Genetically Engineered Food

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the labeling of genetically engineered food.

The legislature’s Public Health Committee on Tuesday discussed the proposal, co-sponsored by more than two dozen lawmakers.

The bill considers any food to be genetically modified if more than nine-tenths of one percent of its weight is genetically engineered material.

Lawmakers addressed doubts about the bill’s constitutionality by claiming it was in the best interest of the state to resolve health and environmental concerns raised at a March 15 public hearing.

In response to local farmers and grocers worried about competition, Rep. Philip Miller, D-Ivoryton, said the law would only come into effect once two other New England states pass similar legislation. Vermont and Maine are currently considering such proposals.

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