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Legislators Call On NY To Require GMO Labels

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) — Key Connecticut legislators, including the president of the state Senate, are urging their colleagues in neighboring New York to pass legislation that’s similar to a Connecticut law that requires genetically modified food to be labeled for consumers.

Both Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr. and Rep. Susan Johnson, the co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Public Health Committee, have submitted testimony for a New York legislative committee to consider. The House Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection has scheduled a hearing on Tuesday to examine the impacts of labeling genetically modified foods.

Connecticut’s labeling law, enacted earlier this year, won’t take effect until four other states, including a border state, with a combined population of 20 million people, pass similar legislation.

Bills are also pending in Maine and Vermont.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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