by Sustainable Food News, March 15, 2016
The U.S. Senate on Monday proceeded to a floor debate on legislation that would establish a voluntary labeling system for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and prohibit states from enacting their own labeling laws.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, filed on Monday a new version of his bill (S.2609), which was approved by the committee on March 1.
The new version of the bill was submitted Monday as an amendment (SA3450) to the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (S.764), which will be considered on the Senate floor Tuesday morning. Votes on the legislation are expected as early as Wednesday.
The amendment contains substitute language aimed at satisfying some members’ concerns over the need for more robust disclosure of GMOs on food packaging.
First, it allows food manufacturers to label foods, if they so chose, with “scannable images or codes” that “clearly indicates to consumers that more information is available about the ingredients of the food.”
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