HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate has approved a compromise bill that will require special labels on food that contains genetically modified ingredients.
Saturday's unanimous vote came shortly after legislative leaders announced they had reached bipartisan agreement. It had appeared questionable whether the genetic labeling proposal would pass this session after the House and Senate approved competing bills.
The compromise legislation, which moves to the House of Representatives, requires food that's entirely or partially genetically engineered to have the words "Produced with Genetic Engineering" on the packaging.
The mandate would take effect after four other states, including one that borders Connecticut, enact a similar one. Also, it requires the aggregate population of Northeast states that enact such labeling laws to comprise a population of more than 20 million people.