2013-06-12 / Maine

Genetically modified food labels bill OK’d

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine food retailers would have to put special labels on products that contain genetically modified ingredients, under a measure advanced by the House on Tuesday.

Maine residents have the right to know whether they’re eating foods that have been genetically modified, which they say can lead to potential health risks, supporters of the bill say.

“I just like to know what I’m eating,” said Rep. Dianne Russell, D-Portland. “Is a tomato a tomato? Is corn, corn? Right now we don’t know the answer to that.”

The bill, which has bipartisan support, was sent to the Senate.

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