Congress may be called upon to help make a decision on the issue of labeling food products that contain genetically modified ingredients. The issue has been brought to legislators’ attention because Vermont passed a law that is scheduled to go into effect on July 1 that would mandate GMO labeling of food in its state.  

The Senate Agriculture Committee is negotiating legislation that would override state rules requiring GMO ingredients be labeled on foods. Senators have proposed creating a voluntary federal labeling program.

Many trade and agriculture industry groups support the voluntary federal labeling program.

However, Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), ranking agriculture committee Democrat, is pushing for a mandatory label and a two-year moratorium on state laws.

The bill introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is expected to be brought up for discussion next week.

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