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House panel keen to trump US state GM food labelling

Efforts by US states to require mandatory labels for genetically modified foods may force the US Congress to intervene and set up a federal, voluntary labelling standard, the chair of the House Agriculture Committee said this week. “If states like Vermont move forward with mandatory labelling schemes, I think we will agree that Congressional action to preserve interstate commerce through national uniformity is necessary,” committee chair Representative Michael Conaway, a Texas Republican, told colleagues during a hearing on the potential costs and impacts of mandatory GM food labelling.

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