ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A bill that would require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops has passed a hurdle in the New York Assembly.
The measure was endorsed Tuesday by the Assembly's Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee. A vote of the full Assembly has not been scheduled.
Supporters say labels would inform the public. Many agricultural and food companies disagree, however, noting that there's no scientific evidence that genetically engineered food is harmful.
The bill would apply to genetically modified fruits, vegetables and processed foods as well as items that contain ingredients like oil or sugar that are derived from genetically engineered crops.
Vermont has already adopted a labeling law. Maine and Connecticut have too, but the requirement in those states won't take effect until other states follow suit.
A New York House bill that would ban genetically modified crops from being grown in the state made it out of the Assembly's Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee. No full-assembly vote has been scheduled, but several neighboring stats have passed GMO bans.