State Labeling Initiatives

Center for Food Safety has worked with grassroots movements in individual states, counties, and municipalities to improve the oversight of genetically engineered crops and foods.  To this end, CFS has a number of “model” state bills or local initiatives to better protect non-GE farmers, prohibit GE crop planting or require labeling. Through these efforts CFS has successfully assisted in the passage of a number of bills around the country in the past. Interested parties seeking counsel on getting an initiative started in your city or state should contact CFS at office@centerforfoodsafety.org.

To date, more than 60 bills have been introduced in over 20 states to require GE labeling or prohibiting genetically engineered foods. Download our fact sheet GE Labeling: States Take Action to learn more about state labeling bills, or click on the states below for a list of active GE food labeling bills (active as of 10/3/14).

Colorado

Colorado has a ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods in the state, Proposition 105, on the ballot November 2014.

Illinois

HB. 3085 Requires genetically engineered raw agricultural commodities and processed foods offered for retail sale to bear labels. Creates exemptions for certain classes of products and requires the Department to annually publish a list of raw agricultural commodities commonly cultivated in a genetically engineered form. Introduced by Representative Mell on 2/26/13.

SB. 1666 Requires labeling of both whole and processed genetically modified foods above a specific percentage by weight.  Sets forth provisions concerning applicability and the right of action for violations, damages, and attorneys’ fees. Introduced by Senator Koehler on 2/13/13.

Massachusetts

HB. 808 Requires labeling of genetically modified foods in the following categories: foods in whole or in part produced by GE microorganisms, plants, or animals with a 0.1% threshold; food products prepared or processed with genetic engineering, even if the GE organism is not present in the final product; foods derived from GE agricultural inputs, even if the GE input is not present in the final product; all meat and dairy products derived from animals fed GE products or treated with GE products; GE foods that have altered nutritional value; for foods with transgenes from other species, disclosure of the species and the gene(s); and for plants with transgenes from animals, disclosure of the fact for vegetarians.  Establishes a penalty of up to $1000 for violations. Introduced by Representative Smola on 1/22/13.

HB. 1936 Requires all whole and processed foods produced with genetically engineered materials to be labeled and classifies a lack of label as misbranding. Introduced by Representatives Dinatale, Lewis, Smizik, Pignatelli, Provost, Scibak, Hogan, Andrews, and Dykema and Senator Tarr on 1/22/13.

HB. 2037 Requires labeling of all genetically modified foods, considers a “natural” label on GE foods as misbranding, and establishes exemptions. Introduced by Representative Moran on 1/22/13.

HB. 2093 Provides for the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Introduced by Representatives Story, Provost Mark, Kocot, Brownsberger, Sannicandro, Scibak, and Madden and Senator Farley-Bouvier on 1/22/13.

New Hampshire

SB. 411 Requires the labeling of genetically engineered foods and agricultural commodities. Introduced by Senators Fuller Clark, Watters, Bixby, Murotake, and LeBrun on 1/8/14.

New Jersey

AB. 1359 Requires labeling of all foods containing genetically modified material. Introduced by Representatives Stender, Eustace, Wolfe, DeCroce, along with 17 co-sponsors, on 1/16/14.

SB. 91 Requires labeling of all foods containing genetically modified material. Introduced by Senators Singer and Vitale, along with 13 co-sponsors, on 1/14/14.

Oregon

Oregon's state ballot initiative, Measure 92, to label GE foods is on the November 2014 ballot.

Pennsylvania

HB. 1770 Provides for labeling of genetically engineered food. Introduced by Representatives Daley, Cutler, Mundy, Rozzi, Kinsey, Schlossberg, Kim, Boback, Caltagirone, Brownlee, D. Miller, Cohen, Painter, Fleck, Mahoney, Kula, Murt, Gillen, Deluca, V. Brown, Bishop, O'brien, B. Boyle, Scavello, Watson, Quinn, Harper, R. Brown, Briggs, Killion, K. Boyle, Carroll, Cruz, Mirabito, Harhai, Haggerty, Gainey, Sabatina, Swanger, Goodman, and Sturla on 10/17/13.

SB. 653 Provides for the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Introduced by Senators Leach, Brewster, Fontana, Greenleaf, Farnese, Solobay, Ferlo, Hughes, Smith, Washington, Yudichak, Williams, and Dinniman on 4/3/13.

Rhode Island

(Note: The Rhode Island website requires the user to type the Bill number into the entry box.)

HB. 7042 Would update and refine the definition section in the statutes on food, drugs, and cosmetics, most notable a new definition for genetically engineered products. It would also set forth rules for labeling such products. Introduced by Representatives Canario, Azzinaro, Guthrie, Johnston, and Edwards on 1/9/14.

HB. 7093 Would require that food and food products derived from or containing genetically modified organisms be labeled as such by the manufacturer, retailer or other person before putting it on the market for sale in RI. Introduced by Representatives  Hull, Bennett, Cimini, Handy, and MacBeth on 1/15/14.

HB. 7491 Would require that labels or marks on milk or milk products include information disclosing whether such milk or milk product has been genetically engineered or modified. Introduced by Representative Lima on 2/13/14.

SB. 2226 Would require that food or food products produced or made in RI only, derived from or containing genetically modified organisms be labeled as such by the manufacturer, retailer, or other person before putting it on the market for sale in RI. Introduced by Senator Walaska on 1/30/14.

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