Lawmakers reject bill requiring GMO labeling
Californian consumers will not be able know if foods available in the market are made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or not, as the state lawmakers have once again rejected a bill requiring labeling on GMO foods.
On Wednesday, the bill failed to pass the 40-member state Senate by two votes. It was the second time in two years that California lawmakers rejected such a measure. In 2012, a similar measure was narrowly rejected by after a last minute multi-million media blitz funded by opponents including PepsiCo and Monsanto Co.
The bill would make it mandatory for all companies in the state to label a product if it contains any genetically engineered ingredient. However, the rule would exclude alcohol and foods sold at farmers markets.
But, labeling advocates say that consumers have the right to know what kind of food they are eating.
Democratic Senator Noreen Evans, the author of the bill, argued that consumers must be allowed to know when they buy food that has been bioengineered.
Supporting 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."
Evans added that she was planning to push a reconsideration vote on the bill on Thursday before the end of the current legislative session.
More than sixty countries, which believe that genetically modified organisms can pose a threat to human health, have already adopted GMO labeling.
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