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 6/9/14).

Connecticut

HB.6418 Requires labeling of genetically engineered foods. Introduced February 14, 2013 by Representative BUTLER.

HB.6519 Requires labeling of genetically engineered foods. Introduced February 27, 2013 by JOINT PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE.

PASSED SENATE 5/22/13
PASSED HOUSE 6/3/13
PASSED SENATE 6/1/13

Signed into law 12/12/13

Georgia

HB. 1152 An Act to amend Article 2 of Chapter 2 of Title 26 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to adulteration and misbranding of food, so as to require the labeling of genetically engineered food; to provide for definitions; to provide for exceptions; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for penalties; to provide for notice; to provide for related matters; to provide for contingent effectiveness; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. Introduced by Representatives Clark and Beverly on 3/13/14.

Hawaii

HB. 174 Requires specific labeling for any food or raw agricultural commodity sold in Hawaii that contains or was produced with a genetically engineered material. Introduced by Representatives Carroll, Lowen, Mizuno, Evans, and Souki on 1/18/13.

 

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.

Iowa

 

HB. 463 A bill for an act requiring consumer labeling information for food, and including penalties. Introduced by Representatives Thede, Anderson, Steckman, Berry, Abdul-Samad, Mascher, Hunter, Hanson, and Kearns on 3/6/13.

SF. 194 Provides labeling requirements to genetically engineered foods and establishes penalties. Introduced by Senator Bolkcom on 2/13/13.

Louisiana

HB. 829 Requires disclosure and labeling on all food products derived from genetically engineered agricultural products. Introduced by Representative Woodruff on 2/28/14.

Maine

LD.718 Requires disclosure of genetically engineered products in food or seed stock. Introduced February 26, 2013 by Representatives HARVELL, ALFOND, BEAR, BEAUDOIN, Beaulieu, Beck, Bennett, Boland, Briggs, Brooks, Campbell, Carey, Casavant, Chapman, Chase, Cotta, Crafts, Daughtry, Davis, Dickerson, Dion, Doak, Dunphy, Espling, Evangelos, Farnsworth, Fowle, Gideon, Gilbert, Gillway, Goode, Graham, Grant, Guerin, Hamann, Harlow, Hickman, Hobbins, Hubbell, Johnson, Jones, Jorgensen, Kent, Keschl, Kinney, Knight, Kruger, Kumiega, Kusiak, Lajoie, Libby, Longstaff, Macdonald, Macdonald, Maker, Malaby, Mastraccio, Mccabe, Mcclellan, Mcgowan, Mclean, Monaghan-derrig, Moonen, Moriarty, Morrison, Nadeau, Nelson, Newendyke, Parry, Peavey Haskell, Peoples, Peterson, Plante, Pouliot, Powers, Rankin, Reed, Rochelo, Russell, Rykerson, Sanborn, Sanderson, Schneck, Shaw, Short, Sirocki, Soctomah, Stanley, Stuckey, Tipping-spitz, Treat, Turner, Tyler, Villa, Volk, Wallace Dexter, Weaver, Welsh, Werts, Wilson, and Winchenbach and Senators CAIN, BOYLE, Collins, Craven, Dutremble, Gerzofsky, Gratwick, Hamper, Haskell, Hill, Jackson, Johnson, Lachowicz, Langley, Mazurek, Millett, Patrick, Plummer, Tuttle, and Whittemore.

PASSED
SIGNED INTO LAW 1/9/14

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.

Missouri

HB. 1396 Requires all food and food products sold in Missouri that are or contain genetically modified products to be labeled indicating that the food is or contains genetically modified products.  Introduced by Representatives Ellington and Gardner on 1/14/14.

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.

New York

A03525B Provides for the labeling of food or food products that contain a genetically engineered material or that are produced with a genetically engineered material; defines terms; imposes penalties for false labels and misbranding; sets forth exemptions. Reintroduced by Representatives Rosenthal, Braunstein, Brennan, Brindisi, Curran, Cymbrowitz, Fahy, Farrell, Glick, Hevesi, Jacobs, Johns, Lentol, Lifton, Markey, Montesano, Paulin, Ra, Rivera, Rodriguez, Sweeney, and Weisenberg, along with 31 co-sponsors, on 3/5/14.

A05412A Enacts the "New York Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act." Reintroduced by Representatives Abinanti, Arroyo, Cook, and Robinson, along with 2 co-sponsors, on 1/8/14.

S. 3835A Provides for the labeling of food or food products that contain a genetically engineered material or that are produced with a genetically engineered material; defines terms; imposes penalties for false labels and misbranding; sets forth exemptions. Reintroduced by  Senator LaVALLE, along with 13 co-sponsors, on 1/8/14.

SB. 4468 Enacts the "New York Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act." Reintroduced by Senators Parker, Avella, and Perkins on 1/8/14.

Oklahoma

HB. 2942 Requires genetically engineered food or seed stock to contain certain labeling. Introduced by Representative Ortega on 2/3/14.

Oregon

Oregon ballot initiative # 44 to label GE foods. Currently in the signature gathering phase, planned for inclusion in 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

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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.

Vermont

HB. 112 Provides for the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Introduced by Representatives Webb, Bartholomew, Zagar, Partridge, Mccullough, Bissonnette, Burke, Buxton, Carr, Cheney, Christie, Cross, Dakin, Deen, Devereux, Donahue, Northfield, Donovan, Ellis, Emmons, Frank, French, Head, Hooper, Keenan, Krowinski, Lanpher, Lenes, Marek, Martin, Martin, Masland, Mccarthy, Mccormack, Miller, Mrowicki, Nuovo, Pearson, Peltz, Rachelson, Ram, Sharpe, Spengler, Stevens, Stuart, Till, Toleno, Townsend, Waite-Simpson, Wizowaty, and Woodward on 1/29/13. Passed by House May 10, 2013; Bill passed to Senate Appropriations Committee on 4/4/14. Senate passed 4/23/14. Bill now goes to Governor for signing.

 

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