Posted December 16, 2013
 
Governor of Connecticut, Dannel P. Malloy, recently signed a bill requiring all foods containing genetically modified (GMO) ingredients to be labeled, according to a CT Post article available here.  Public Act 13-183 is available here.
 
In June, Connecticut residents voted to approve the bill requiring all foods meant for human consumption and containing GMO ingredients to be properly labeled, according to an article by RT available here.  The bill requires at least four other Northeastern states “with a combined population of no fewer than 20 million to approve similar acts before it can officially go on the books.”
 
Maine has passed a substantially identical measure, but others are necessary for the law to take effect.
 
Gov. Malloy said, “I am proud that leaders from each of the legislative caucuses can come together to make our state the first in the nation to require the labeling of GMOs…The end result is a law that shows our commitment to consumers’ right to know while catalyzing other states to take similar action.”
 
Fifteen nations in the European Union require labels for GMO products, “and Zambia, Benin and Serbia have all instated prohibitions against products.” Earlier this week, China blocked a shipment of corn from the United States, citing an unapproved GMO product.  An official from the Federal Reserve commented on these events, saying farmers should consider internationally accepted GMO standards

 

For more information on food labeling, please visit the National Agricultural Law Center’s website here.