Connecticut raises modified food concerns

Mar 22, 2012

Connecticut has taken the first step to require producers to label food that has been genetically modified. WAMC's Lucas Willard reports...

The legislature's Environment Committee voted 23-to-6 to approve the legislation on Wednesday.

Lawmakers who say they want to protect consumers prevailed over other legislators who said the new packaging rules would drive up costs.

The federal government and states do not require labeling for all genetically modified foods. Connecticut is among nearly 20 states considering a requirement. Backers say genetically engineered foods pose allergy and other health risks and labels give consumers valuable information.

The state Department of Agriculture opposes the legislation. Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky said in an interview that it's the responsibility of the federal government to set national standards.