GMO labeling bill passes legislative hurdle

Edge Fuentes, left, stands with his wife Katie Spring, right, and their 9-month-old son Waylon in their planting room surrounded by seedlings for vegetables and flowers at their Good Heart Farmstead, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Worcester, Vt. Spring and Fuentes back the GMO labeling bill passed by the Vermont Legislature. They believe people need to be able to know what’s in their food. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)
Edge Fuentes, left, stands with his wife Katie Spring, right, and their 9-month-old son Waylon in their planting room surrounded by seedlings for vegetables and flowers at their Good Heart Farmstead, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Worcester, Vt. Spring and Fuentes back the GMO labeling bill passed by the Vermont Legislature. They believe people need to be able to know what’s in their food. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A bill that would require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops has passed a hurdle in the New York Assembly.

The measure was endorsed Tuesday by the Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee. A vote of the full Assembly has not been scheduled.

Supporters say labels would inform the public. Many agricultural and food companies disagree, however, noting that there’s no scientific evidence that genetically engineered food is harmful.

The bill would apply to genetically modified fruits, vegetables and processed foods as well as items that contain ingredients like oil or sugar that are derived from genetically engineered crops.

Vermont has already adopted a labeling law. Maine and Connecticut have too, but the requirement in those states won’t take effect until other states follow suit.

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