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House Passes Baby Food Labeling Bill

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A bill that would require special labels on baby food containing genetically modified ingredients has passed the state House of Representatives.

The House voted 114-7 in favor of the bill at about 1:30 a.m. Friday and sent it to the Senate.

The bill would force manufacturers of infant formula and baby food sold in the state to label the products as “produced with genetic engineering” if they contain genetically modified ingredients. Law violators could face six months to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

The state Senate earlier this week passed a bill requiring similar labeling of all food containing genetically modified ingredients and sent it to the House.

Food industry officials say the labeling would wrongly imply that there’s something wrong with their food.

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