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National GMO Labeling Bill Would Override State Labeling Laws

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Leaders on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee this week reached an agreement on legislation that would require the first mandatory, nationwide label...

Leaders on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee this week reached an agreement on legislation that would require the first mandatory, nationwide label for food products containing genetically engineered ingredients.

If the bill were to pass, it would override labeling laws in such states as Vermont, as well as legislation under consideration in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Vermont Public Radio's Kathleen Masterson reports.

The bill outlines three labeling options: Packages can be labeled with words; a symbol to be determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; or a scanning code readable by smartphones.

It’s not clear if this bill will move forward any time soon as the U.S. House is out of session until July 5 and convenes only briefly this summer. 

This new legislation replaces an earlier effort in Congress that would have barred states from enacting their own labeling laws. 

In Rhode Island, GMO labeling bills were held for further study in the latest legislative session. 

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Vermont became the first state in the nation to require labels on genetically engineered foods.
Vermont became the first state in the nation to require labels on genetically engineered foods.
National GMO Labeling Bill Would Override State Labeling Laws
National GMO Labeling Bill Would Override State Labeling Laws