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US state Senate OKs GMO label law

The Senate of the US state of Connecticut has passed legislation requiring the mandatory labelling of food containing genetically modified ingredients. Senate Bill 802 would require GM food intended for human consumption to carry the phrase, “produced with genetic engineering”, on its packaging. It would also cover seed or seed stock intended to produce food for human consumption. Exemptions would apply for food prepared for immediate consumption, food sold at farmers’ markets and certain processed food containing no more than 0.9% GM components. If approved by the state’s House of Representatives, Connecticut would be the first US state to require such labelling. It would take effect on July 1st 2016 or on July 1st 2015 if three other eastern states adopted similar legislation.

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