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GMO Labeling Bill Passes Senate Committee Markup

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry last week approved Chairman Pat Roberts’ (R-KS) genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling bill in a 14-6 vote. The Biotech Labeling Solutions Act (S. 2609) would preempt state laws that require labeling of GMO foods, and would instead establish a voluntary federal GMO labeling standard. During the hearing, Roberts said the legislation provides an immediate and comprehensive solution to the state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws, allowing the value chain from farmer-to-processor-to-shipper-to-retailer-to-consumer to continue as the free market intended. Negotiations to secure support for Roberts’ legislation continue, and the Senate is expected to vote on the bill soon.

Meanwhile, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has introduced a bill that would mandate GMO labeling by requiring producers to disclose GMO ingredients in the Nutrition Facts label.

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