Connecticut senator plans to introduce bill to repeal GMO labeling law

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A new federal law on labeling of foods containing GMOs — genetically modified organisms — is “fundamentally anti-consumer” and needs to be repealed, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said [Aug. 11].

The new law preempts state efforts to require all GMO foods to be clearly labeled and means that state laws passed by Vermont and Connecticut are dead. But Blumenthal’s plan to introduce a repeal bill in Congress is certain to face major roadblocks and opposition from the food industry and Big Agriculture.

The federal compromise legislation that passed Congress and was signed by President Obama last month allows the food industry to use bar codes, websites and telephone call sites to give consumers information about GMOs in a product.

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. . . . “Websites, phone numbers and barcodes — nearly impossible to access while standing in a grocery aisle with a child — create cumbersome hurdles for consumers and fall far short of providing families what they need to make educated and informed choices about what they want to put on their dinner table,” [Blumenthal said.]

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Blumenthal Wants Repeal Of New Federal GMO Law, Calls It Unfair To Consumers

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