Bill Requires Labels For Genetically Modified Food

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)  Connecticut lawmakers are pushing ahead with bipartisan legislation requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients.

The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill, 35 to 1, that requires food entirely or partially genetically engineered to include the words “Produced with Genetic Engineering” on the packaging, as of July 2016, or 2015 if several Eastern states pass similar legislation.

Various exceptions are included in the bill, such as for products grown by local farms and food prepared for immediate consumption.

Sen. Joe Markley said that while there’s disagreement about whether genetically modified food poses a health risk, people are entitled to the information.

Paul Pescatello, a Connecticut United for Research Excellence board member, said the labels imply “there’s something wrong with the food when there isn’t.”

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