Connecticut Considers Legislation to Label Foods With Genetically Modified Ingredients

There’s a good write-up at FoodManufacturing.Com on proposed legislation in Connecticut to “require clear labeling on any food sold in the state that is completely or partially produced with genetic engineering.”  According to the article, “[p]roponents of the legislation say that genetically engineered foods pose allergy and other health risks and that the labels will increase safety for consumers.”  In response, an FDA spokeswoman said “that genetically modified foods, as a class, pose no greater health risks than traditional foods” and “that genetically modified crops must meet regulatory standards and may undergo a voluntary consultation to ensure they are safe.”  See the full article here.

Needless to say, any state-by-state legislation of this issue would create significant challenges for food companies.