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GE Labeling Bill Introduced in Senate, House

WASHINGTON — Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced a bill to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, that would require the Food and Drug Administration to label all genetically engineered whole foods and processed products.

“Americans have the right to know what is in the food they eat so they can make the best choices for their families,” Boxer said in a statement. “This legislation is supported by a broad coalition of consumer groups, businesses, farmers, fishermen and parents who all agree that consumers deserve more — not less — information about the food they buy.”

Read more: Retailers Pledge Not to Sell GE Salmon

The drafters of the bill, called the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, noted that 90% of Americans support the labeling of GE products, and 64 nations worldwide already require such labels.

The bill's many co-sponsors in both the House and Senate are all Democrats, except for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

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