Require Labeling of All Genetically Modified Products

Last updated: Mar 30, 2016

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Senator David Burns, Senate 6 - Washington County
Session: 127
Bill #: LD 1326

Position:

Monitoring.

UPDATE 3/29/16: This bill is dead.

UPDATE 2/27/16: This bill received a majority Ought Not to Pass report. The minority report would strip out the five-state provision. We expect the majority report to prevail.

UPDATE 1/22/16: This bill has been tabled as the committee is waiting for resolution of the Vermont litigation and some potential progress at the federal level.

UPDATE 6/11/15: This bill has been carried over.

UPDATE 5/31/15: This bill was reconsidered and amended. It may be carried over.

UPDATE 5/10/15: The committee voted this bill Ought Not to Pass. LD 991 is the primary vehicle.

Summary:

This bill defines "genetically modified product," which includes genetically engineered seed stock, products from animals fed genetically engineered food and medicines that were manufactured with genetically engineered plants or animals to the laws regarding the labeling of genetically engineered products. It requires the disclosure of genetic engineering of food, seed stock, products from animals fed genetically engineered food or medicines that were manufactured with genetically engineered plants or animals beginning January 1, 2017. It provides that food, seed stock, products from animals fed genetically engineered food and medicines for which the disclosure is not made are considered to be misbranded and subject to the sanctions for misbranding. The bill removes exemptions for products produced without knowledge that the products, or items used in their production, were genetically engineered; animal products derived from an animal that was not genetically engineered but was fed genetically engineered food; and products with only a minimum content produced by genetic engineering. The bill also removes the exemption from disclosure requirements as regards restaurants, alcoholic beverages or medical food. This bill increases the penalties for nondisclosure and misbranding to a Class E crime for the first offense and a Class D crime for the 2nd and subsequent offenses. The bill repeals the contingent effective date established by Public Law 2013, chapter 436, section 2, subsection 1.