GMO label bill passes another hurdle in New York

June 3, 2014 Associated Press
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ALBANY— A proposal to require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops is inching closer to a vote in the New York Legislature.

The labeling legislation was endorsed Tuesday by the state Assembly’s Committee on Codes, a key panel that often signs off on bills before they proceed to a vote of the full House.

Proponents say labels would inform consumers. Many agricultural and food companies disagree, noting that there’s no evidence to suggest genetically engineered food is harmful.

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The bill would apply to genetically modified fruits and vegetables and products containing ingredients like oil or sugar that are derived from genetically engineered crops.

Vermont has already adopted a labeling law. Maine and Connecticut have too, but their requirements won’t take effect until other states follow suit.


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