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Conn. Lawmakers considering modified food labels

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Plans are underway to offer at least two bills during this year's session of the Connecticut General Assembly that would require the labeling of genetically engineered food.

Democratic state Rep. Phil Miner of Ivoryton said Thursday that he and Democratic state Rep. Diana Urban of North Stonington, are proposing legislation. He said consumers should be allowed to make an educated choice about their food purchases.

Miner appeared at a news conference with a collection of citizens groups, dubbed as The Right to Know GMO Connecticut Coalition.

Stan Sorkin, president of the Connecticut Food Association, said there is no safety or health benefit to labeling bioengineered foods and such a requirement would dramatically increase costs for Connecticut consumers.

No such labeling standard exists elsewhere in the country.

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