States weighing labels on genetically altered food

DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press
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Customers shop for produce at the Hunger Mountain Co-op on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Customers shop for produce at the Hunger Mountain Co-op on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — States from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering requiring labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients, which account for two-thirds of the processed foods on American grocery shelves.

Currently, only Connecticut and Maine have laws requiring labels for food containing altered ingredients, known as GMOs. But those requirements won’t start until other states follow suit.

Lawmakers in other New England states are pushing to join them. Efforts are also underway in dozens of other states including California and Washington, where voters rejected a labeling proposal last year.

Biotech and agricultural companies oppose the proposals and say there’s no scientific evidence that GMO foods are unsafe.

Rhode Island state Rep. Dennis Canario supports requiring labels. He says that without federal rules states should let consumers to know what they’re eating.

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