US state moves to regulate GM foods

June 4, 2013
The small US state of Connecticut became the first to pass legislation requiring food products with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such.

The small US state of Connecticut became the first to pass legislation requiring food products with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such.

But the law, passed on Monday, will not go into effect until a number of other states in the northeastern region where Connecticut is located follow suit with similar .

The legislation was strongly supported in a 134-3 vote in the state , making Connecticut the first of some two dozen states mulling GM foods labeling to pass a measure.

The bill had been passed by the Senate on Saturday.

The state's governor, Dannel Malloy, endorsed the legislation ahead of the vote, saying it "strikes an important balance by ensuring the consumers' right to know what is in their while shielding our small businesses from liability that could leave them at a competitive disadvantage."

With just 3.6 million people in the state, it was necessary to tie enactment of the law with other states doing the same.

The bill said that the labeling rules will only take effect when at least four other states, including at least one of them an immediate neighbor of Connecticut such as New York, enact similar legislation, and also only when states in the northeastern region of the country with a combined population of 20 million or more do the same.

"Connecticut is a fairly small state and we wanted to make sure that it wouldn't be the only state in the region to pass such a law, which could have been a disadvantage for our small businesses," said Todd Murphy, a spokesman for the House of Representatives.

Officials had stressed that it was only an issue of informing consumers and that no restrictions were placed on GM ingredients under the new law.

The Center for , which campaigns against —also known as genetically engineered (GE) foods—applauded the vote.

"Numerous other states in the Northeast and around the country are actively considering pending GE food labeling bills," said the center's Rebecca Spector in a statement.

"Connecticut's leadership provides momentum and an incentive for these other states to move forward."

Explore further: Labeling of genetically engineered foods: Proposition language raises legal issues

Related Stories

Vermont House passes aid-in-dying bill

May 14, 2013

The Vermont House has approved a measure that would allow doctors to provide lethal medication to terminally ill patients seeking to end their own lives.

Recommended for you

Rio athletes may benefit from 'leaky gut' therapy

June 29, 2016

'Leaky gut' is a condition where the thin mucosal barrier of the gut, which plays a role in absorbing nutrients and preventing large molecules and germs from the gut entering the blood stream, becomes less effective.

Doctors swamped by 'e-medicine' demands

June 29, 2016

(HealthDay)—Doctors say they're drowning in electronic paperwork, feeling burned out and dissatisfied with their jobs thanks to countless hours spent filling out computerized medical forms, researchers report.

E-cigarette vapors could be toxic to mouth, study finds

June 28, 2016

A new UCLA study suggests that e-cigarettes may not be significantly safer than tobacco cigarettes. The research, which was conducted on cultured cells, found that e-cigarettes contain toxic substances and nanoparticles that ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.