WASHINGTON, DC (WTNH) – Connecticut U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are among a bi-partisan group of lawmakers who have sponsored a bill to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. The “Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act” would require the Food and Drug Administration to clearly label genetically engineered foods.“As a consumer and dad, I want to know whether my family is eating food that has been altered artificially in genetics– and the American public wants and deserves to know as well,” Senator Blumenthal said. “This measure is about the right to know– disclosure of critical information about the most widely consumed products. Consumers demand disclosure and truth- telling about food, and they’re right.”Under the bill, if a food has been genetically engineered, it would identified as a GE food in the ingredients list. Any product that has been genetically engineered would also not be allowed to identify itself with a “natural” label.
Connecticut, Maine and Vermont already have mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. This bill would bring those requirements to a national level. A similar bills have been proposed in the past but have not been approved.