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 email@example.com.
Already in 2013, nearly half of all U.S. states have introduced bills requiring labeling or prohibiting genetically engineered foods. Click on the state for a list of GE food labeling bills.
HB 215 Requires the labeling of foods, states that GE foods may not be labeled as "natural." Introduced by Representative Tarr, prefiled release 1/10/14.
HJR.5 Opposes AquaBounty’s petition to commercialize GE salmon, requests further examination of GE salmon, and proposes a label of “genetically modified” to accompany the fish if approved. Introduced January 28, 2013 by Representatives TARR, Kawasaki, Austerman, Reinbold, Tuck, Kerttula, Kreiss-Tomkins, Nageak, Gara, and Peggy Wilson and February 21, 2013 by Senators WIELECHOWSKI, MICCICHE, ELLIS, GARDNER, EGAN, and DYSON. Unanimously approved by Representatives February 20, 2013; on to Senate.
SB.1180 Considers any food entirely or partially produced by genetic engineering without the label “genetically engineered” or implies that the food is naturally grown or all natural as misbranding. Introduced January 24, 2013 by Senator ABLESER.
HB.1192 The bill defines "genetically engineered" and requires a person selling, distributing, or offering for sale food in Colorado that he or she is aware contains genetically engineered material or was produced with genetically engineered material to label the food as follows: "This product contains genetically engineered material or was produced with genetically engineered material". The bill exempts certain foods from the labeling requirement. Introduced January 31, 2013 by Representative LABUDA. Voted down 7-2 on February 21, 2013.
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
S.B. 558 / H.B. 1 Provides mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered raw agricultural commodities and processed foods made with or derived from genetically engineered ingredients; exempts specified foods, commodities, ingredients, and other substances from labeling requirements. Introduced 12/20/13
HB.1233/SB.1728 Provides mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered raw agricultural commodities and processed foods made with or derived from genetically engineered ingredients; exempts specified foods, commodities, ingredients, and other substances from labeling requirements; provides for enforcement of labeling requirements; provides penalties and civil remedies. Introduced March 1, 2013 by Representative REHWINKEL VASILINDA and March 2, 2013 by Senator SACHS.
BOTH DIED IN COMMITTEE May 3, 2013
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 January 18, 2013 by Representatives CARROLL, LOWEN, MIZUNO, Evans, and Souki. Passed second reading February 8, 2013 after amended to only apply to food imported from outside the state of Hawaii. Measure passed in House on March 5, 2013; on to Senate March 7, 2013.
HB.348 Requires genetically engineered food products that are sold, offered for sale, or distributed in this State to be labeled as such, with certain exceptions. Introduced January 22, 2013 by Representatives LOWEN and C. LEE.
SB.468 Establishes labeling requirements for any food or raw agricultural commodity sold in Hawaii that contains a genetically engineered material or was produced with a genetically engineered material. Introduced January 18, 2013 by Senators ENGLISH, CHUN OAKLAND, GABBARD, KEITH-AGARAN, RUDERMAN, SHIMABUKURO, SOLOMON, Galuteria, Green, Kahele, and L. Thielen.
SB.615 Prohibits the sale of genetically engineered fish or genetically engineered fish products in Hawaii unless appropriately labeled as genetically engineered or produced or partially produced with genetic engineering. Introduced January 18, 2013 by Senators GABBARD, RUDERMAN, Chun Oakland, Shimabukuro, and L. Thielen. Passed January 31, 2013 after amended; modified February 14, 2013 to refer only to genetically engineered whole foods; passed second reading March 15, 2013
HB.733/SB.1290 Requires the labeling of genetically engineered whole food sold in Hawaii. Introduced January 24, 2013 by Representatives WOOLEY, HANOHANO, ING, LOWEN, Belatti, Brower, C. Lee, Luke, McKelvey, Morikawa, and Nishimoto and Senators GABBARD, ENGLISH, GREEN, RUDERMAN, SHIMABUKURO, Chun Oakland, and L. Thielen.
SB.934 Requires genetically engineered food products that are sold, offered for sale, or distributed in Hawaii to be labeled as such, with certain exceptions, and establishes penalties for violations. Introduced January 24, 2013 by Senators GREEN, CHUN OAKLAND, RUDERMAN, and Shimabukuro.
SB.1329 Requires labeling of foods that have been genetically engineered, provides a penalty for violations, and authorizes private civil enforcement of the Act. Introduced January 24, 2013 by Senator GABBARD.
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 February 13, 2013 by Senator KOEHLER.
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 February 26, 2013 by Representative MELL.
HB.1196 Provides that any food that is offered for retail sale is misbranded if it is not disclosed that the food is or may have been entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering and that a food that is genetically engineered or a processed food may not state or imply that the food is natural. Introduced January 10, 2013 by Representatives FORESTAL and SHACKLEFORD.
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.
SIGNED INTO LAW 1/9/14
LD.898 Requires labeling of genetically engineered marine organisms. Introduced March 7, 2013 by Representative CHAPMAN.
Died Between Houses, Jun 14, 2013
HB.903 Establishes that specified foods offered for retail sale in the State and produced with genetic engineering are misbranded if specified disclosure or labeling requirements are not met; establishing that specified requirements of the Act do not apply to specified foods, commodities, and beverages; etc. Introduced by Representatives GLASS, Dwyer, Ivey, Kipke, Morhaim, and Pena-Melnyk on February 7, 2013. Withdrawn February 26, 2013 due to unfavorable report by Health and Government Operations.
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 January 22, 2013 by Representative SMOLA.
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 January 22, 2013 by Representatives DiNATALE, Lewis, Smizik, Pignatelli, Provost, Scibak, Hogan, Andrews, and Dykema and Senator Tarr.
HB.2037 Requires labeling of all genetically modified foods, considers a “natural” label on GE foods as misbranding, and establishes exemptions. Introduced January 22, 2013 by Representative MORAN.
HB.2093 Provides for the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Introduced January 22, 2013 by Representatives STORY, Provost Mark, Kocot, Brownsberger, Sannicandro, Scibak, and Madden and Senator Farley-Bouvier.
S.B. 533 seeks to require the labeling of all genetically modified meat and fish raised and sold in the state. The bill was introduced by State Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D), and had its first reading 1/8/14.
HB.245 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 January 30, 2013 by Representatives ELLINGTON, Webb, Montecillo, Hummel, Newman, Rizzo, Ellinger, Gardner, Dunn, LaFaver, and Walton Gray. Withdrawn February 14, 2013.
SB.155 This act requires all genetically modified meat and fish that is raised and sold in Missouri to be identified on its label as genetically modified. Introduced January 16, 2013 by Senator NASHEED. Dead.
HB.660 Requires the labeling of genetically engineered foods and agricultural commodities. Introduced January 3, 2013 by Representatives MANN, Massimilla, Perry, Smith, and Raymond. Retained in committee February 28, 2013
1/22/14 Failed in House by a vote of 185-162
AB.2955/SB.1367 Requires labeling of foods containing genetically modified material. Introduced May 21, 2012 by Representatives WOLFE, KEAN, and Caride and February 6, 2012 by Senators SINGER, VITALE, A.R.Bucco, Cardinale, Lesniak, Turner and Bateman.
AB.3192 Requires labeling of all foods containing genetically modified material. Introduced July 30, 2012 by Representatives STENDER, EUSTACE, WOLFE, DeCROCE, Caputo, and P. Barnes III.
SB.18 Requires the labeling of food and commercial seed that contains genetically modified material and provides for measurement, quantification, and investigation of genetically modified material in food and commercial feed. Introduced January 9, 2013 by Senator WIRTH. Voted down Jan 31, 2013.
AB.3525/SB.3835 Provides for the labeling of food or food products that contain a genetically modified material or that are produced with a genetically modified material, imposes penalties for false labels and misbranding, and sets forth exemptions. Introduced January 28, 2013 by Representatives ROSENTHAL and Peoples-Stokes and February 21, 2013 by Senator LaVALLE.
AB.5412 / SB.4468 Requires labeling of all genetically modified foods, considers a “natural” label on GE foods as misbranding, and establishes exemptions. Introduced February 26, 2013 by Representative ABINANTI, and April 3, 2013 by Senator PARKER.
HB.2175 Makes foods that contain or are produced using genetically engineered material subject to labeling requirements and declares that such foods that do not conform with labeling requirements to be misbranded. Introduced January 13, 2013 by Representative BOONE.
HB.2532 Makes foods that contain or are produced using genetically engineered material subject to labeling requirements. Introduced January 13, 2013 by Representatives HOLVEY, Buckley, and Keny-Guyer.
HB.3177 Establishes that genetically engineered fish may not be sold, displayed for sale, or offered for sale at retail for human consumption unless there is readily visible in the area where the fish is sold, displayed, or offered a sign disclosing that the fish has been genetically engineered; exempts restaurants; and sets penalties for misbranding. Introduced February 22, 2013 by Representatives HOLVEY, GOMBERG, and BOONE.
SB.653 Provides for the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Introduced March April 3, 2013 by Senators LEACH, Wozniak, Brewster, Fontana, Greenleaf, Farnese, Solobay, Ferlo, Hughes, Smith, Washington, and Yudichak.
H.B. 7042 Sponsored by Democratic Rep. Dennis Canario, would require food and seed that contains more than .09 percent GMO ingredients to be labeled. The bill further defines “natural” to mean GMO-free. Introduced 1/9/14
HB.5278 Requires 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 Rhode Island. Introduced February 6, 2013 by Representatives HULL, GIARUSSO, SHEKARCHI, MACBETH, and HANDY.
04/24/2013 recommended measure be held for further study
HB.5849 Requires 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 March 6, 2013 by Representatives BALDELLI-HUNT and HULL.
04/24/2013 recommended measure be held for further study
H.B.112 Provides for the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Introduced January 29, 2013 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. Passed by House May 10, 2013; Bill in Senate January 2014
S. 289 Would make manufacturers and growers of GMO crops liable for trespassing and damages should their seed drift into other fields. Introduced 1/7/14 by Senator French.
SB.89 Provides that food is misbranded if it is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering and it is not labeled as genetically engineered. Introduced February 8, 2013 by Senators BARUTH, ASHE, FOX, GALBRAITH, LYONS, MCCORMACK, POLLINA, RODGERS, and WHITE and Representatives Zuckerman and French.
H.B. 2143 A bill to label genetically engineered finfish in Washginton State. Introduced 1/6/14 by Representatives Condotta, Pollet, and Van De Wege.
S.B. 6184 A bill to label genetically engineered finfish in Washginton State. Introduced 1/17/14 by Senators Chase and Kline
SB.5073 Provides for the labeling of genetically engineered foods and prescribes penalties for violation. Introduced January 17, 2013 by Senators CHASE, Kline, Keiser, Rolfes, and Hasegawa. In November 2013, I-522 was narrowly defeated, 49-51%.
HB.2153 Sets forth labeling requirements regarding the sale of foods containing genetically engineered materials and foods produced with genetically engineered materials; provides exceptions; requires testing; provides civil penalties; provides for civil suits by the Commissioner of Agriculture and suits by citizens; defines terms; and provides rule-making authority. Introduced February 13, 2013 by Representative MANYPENNY.
H.B. 2145 creating the "Genetically Engineered Crop and Animal Farmer Protection Act"; making legislative findings; setting forth information requirements regarding the sale of genetically engineered seeds; plants and animals; identifying certain contractual provisions to be against public policy; preventing noncompetitive practices involving technology fees; establishing measures to be taken to avoid cross pollination of genetically engineered plants and seeds; requiring genetically engineered seeds to be so labeled; prohibiting loan discrimination; providing penalties; providing for civil and citizen suits; defining terms; and authorizing rule-making. Introduced 2/13/13.
H.B. 2207 creating the "Genetically Engineered Organism Liability Act"; making legislative findings; creating liability for injuries arising from the release of genetically engineered organisms into the environment; providing that liability is nonwaivable; and defines a term. Introduced 2/13/13.