A Massachusetts state law that would require all packaging on foods and seeds that have been genetically modified to be labeled accordingly has cleared the first hurdle on its way to passage. The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, which includes members of the state Senate and House, last week amended and approved the “Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act,” but did not release any details.
Before moving on to the full Massachusetts state legislature for a final vote, the bill must pass through a second committee.
Connecticut and Maine passed legislation requiring GMO labeling in 2013. New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, New York and now Massachusetts state legislatures have introduced bills that would require GMO labeling, while Oregon, Colorado, Arizona and California may see GMO labeling on November 2014 election ballots.
IDFA continues its commitment to reach a federal solution for voluntary labeling on genetically modified foods or foods containing GMO ingredients. In February, IDFA joined the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, a diverse group of 33 food and agriculture associations dedicated to providing the facts about GM technology.
Members with questions or concerns about state legislative developments regarding GMO labeling may contact Kyle Shreve, IDFA manager of legislative affairs, at (202) 220-3533 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.