AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine food retailers would have to put special labels on products that contain genetically modified ingredients, under a measure advanced by the House.

The measure debated Tuesday would also ban products that are genetically engineered from being labeled as “natural.” It wouldn’t go into effect until five contiguous states, including Maine, pass similar laws.

The bill awaits final approval in the House.

Similar legislation is being considered in a number of states, including Vermont. Connecticut has passed a measure requiring the labeling of genetically modified food products, but only after neighboring states put similar laws in place.

Supporters say Maine residents have the right to know if they’re eating genetically modified foods, which they say bring potential health risks. Attorney General Janet Mills says the bill could draw a lawsuit.

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