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GMO labeling supporters say new federal law preempts states

August 1, 2016


July 30, 2016

by Michael P. Norton

BOSTON (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE) – Disappointed Massachusetts lawmakers say a new GMO labeling law signed by President Barack Obama will preempt state efforts to impose simple-to-read labels and instead rely on a system of codes and symbols.

The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, which has been pressing for passage of a state bill with 154 legislative sponsors, said the president had signed an “industry-backed GMO labeling bill” and noted that the state’s Congressional delegation was divided over the legislation dealing with genetically modified food products.

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