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GMO labelling bill falls short in California

US advocates of mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods suffered a blow last week as California state lawmakers rejected legislation that called for a state-wide labelling regime. The California State Senate defeated the measure on May 28th by a vote of 19-17. The bill met the same fate on May 29th upon reconsideration when it was rejected by a vote of 19-16.The bill's sponsor, state Senator Noreen Evans, said that the measure was crafted to overcome issues that appeared to contribute to the defeat in 2012 of Proposition 37, which would have required the state to impose mandatory labelling requirements (Agrow No 652, p 13). The bill would not have applied to restaurants, farmers or farmers' markets. It also exempted alcoholic beverages.

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