GMO labeling bill may be debated again in Maine

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Supporters of a Maine law that would require labels on foods grown with the use of genetically modified organisms are getting ready for a new fight in the statehouse.

The state crafted a law in January 2014 that will require the labels if five contiguous states, including Maine, pass labeling laws. But some lawmakers then began a drive to repeal the trigger, putting the law in effect, and a key statehouse panel is expected to take up the issue in coming weeks.

Supporters of labeling foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are divided on whether the trigger should stay. Some label supporters, and some opponents, argue that repealing the trigger would leave Maine with different rules than nearby states, and local grocers on the hook for the cost of the labels. Others say the state should have the right to act on the labels on its own.

Rep. Michelle Dunphy, D-Old Town, a sponsor of the bill to repeal the trigger provision and a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, said she believes there is a political will to remove the trigger.

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