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BILLS WOULD REQUIRE LABELS ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD IN MINNESOTA

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SUMMARY: "Bills in the state Legislature are opposed by Minnesota’s major food manufacturers. Minnesota could become the next battleground in the fight over mandatory labels for genetically modified food. Bills were introduced Thursday in the Minnesota Legislature that would require food manufacturers to label their products to indicate whether they contain genetically engineered ingredients. Similar bills are being considered in other states, and California voters took part in a bruising battle last fall over the labeling issue."

CONTROVERSIAL GMO BILL TO BE SCRUTINIZED BY AG COMMITTEE THIS SUMMER

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SUMMARY: "Proponents of the New Hampshire bill contend that consumers have a right to know when their food has been scientifically altered. Opponents, including food corporations, grocers and some farm advocates, argue that there is no conclusive evidence of any health or environmental risks linked to genetically engineered foods and warn that the measure will bump up food costs and deter producers outside the state from importing their goods.

VT. HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES GMO FOOD BILL

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SUMMARY: "A proposal to force food producers to label genetically modified or engineered products cleared a significant hurdle in the Vermont Statehouse Friday. The House Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products voted in favor of passage 8-3. Experts estimate about 80 percent of processed foods contain at least one genetically engineered ingredient. Earlier this year, Vt. Attorney General Bill Sorrell cautioned lawmakers that should such a bill pass, the state faces substantial legal challenges. But proponents say the issue is too important to ignore."

LEGISLATOR LEAPS INTO ‘FRANKENFOOD’ DEBATE

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SUMMARY: "State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery/Delaware) announced the introduction of legislation that would require foods that contain genetically-engineered components to be labeled as such. [...] “I’ve introduced this bill not to ban genetically engineered foods, but to allow consumers to choose which items they purchase. I am concerned about the lack of information available about the presence of genetically engineered food, and I believe it is every consumer’s right to know what ingredients are found in the products they buy,” Leach said in a press release."

OREGON COULD BAN GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FISH, REQUIRE LABELING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

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SUMMARY: "Oregon could become the first state in the nation to require the labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients under several bills in the Legislature. State lawmakers are considering at least eight bills on genetically modified food labeling, fish and crops. Several bills would require foods produced with genetically engineered materials to be labeled. Others bills would prohibit importing or cultivating genetically engineered fish.

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