Just Label It Commends Connecticut’s Commitment to GE Labeling in Historic Senate Vote
Washington, D.C. (May 22nd, 2013) – Just Label It applauded Connecticut’s State Senate for yesterday’s historic vote passing HB-6519, which would require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food sold in Connecticut. The voted passed by an overwhelming margin of 35 to 1, and now moves on to the House of Representatives.
If the House passes the bill, Connecticut will be the first in the nation to mandate labeling of GE food. Vermont’s House of Representatives recently passed a similar bill, which will be voted on by Vermont’s Senate in January of next year. Currently, 24 other states are considering similar legislation this year.
“The news from Connecticut is a great example of the growing momentum in the fight for GE labeling and the consumer right-to-know,” said Scott Faber, Executive Director of Just Label It.
A federal GE labeling bill was recently introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR). Polls show that more than 90% of American consumers want to know about the food they’re eating, a right held by citizens in 64 countries around the world that already require mandatory labeling of GE foods.