Bill requiring labeling on GMO foods rejected
California lawmakers have rejected the measure that would require companies to explicitly label their genetically-engineered foods.
Sponsored by Democratic Senator Noreen Evans, the bill would make it obligatory for all distributors who sell any eatable in the state to label all products if any of their ingredients were produced with so-called genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). However, the measure would exclude alcohol and foods sold at farmers markets.
Evans said that consumers should be allowed to know what they were buying and eating, and no ingredient should be hidden from them.
Urging senators to support the bill, Evans said, "This bill is a straightforward, common-sense approach to empowering consumers. If the product contains GMOs, label it. We shouldn't be hiding ingredients."
But, the Bill 1381 fell short of passage by merely two votes in the forty-member chamber.
It was the second time in around two years that California state senators rejected such a measure. Previously in 2012, a similar measure was rejected by the state lawmakers, after opponents like PepsiCo and Monsanto Co. ran a multi-million media blitz against that measure.
Meanwhile a poll suggested that more than 90 per cent of consumers in the U. S. would prefer GMO ingredients in eatables to be labeled to some extent.
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