Connecticut moves to regulate GM food

AFP-JIJI

The small U.S. state of Connecticut on Monday became the first to pass legislation requiring food products with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such.

The legislation was backed in a 134-3 vote in the state House of Representatives, making Connecticut the first of some two dozen states mulling GM foods labeling to pass a measure.

The bill said that the labeling rules will only take effect when at least four other states, including at least one of them an immediate neighbor of Connecticut such as New York, enact similar legislation, and also only when states in the northeastern region of the country with a combined population of 20 million or more do the same.