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Conn. bill requires genetically engineered labels

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the labeling of genetically engineered food.

The bill co-sponsored by more than two dozen legislators passed a vote in the Public Health Committee on Tuesday. It was forwarded to the Senate for further consideration.

The bill would require the words "Produced with Genetic Engineering" to appear prominently on the label of any food if more than nine-tenths of one percent of its weight is genetically engineered material.

Democratic Rep. Philip Miller of Ivoryton, a co-sponsor, said the bill is a response to constituents seeking to make smarter choices about their food.

In response to local farmers and grocers worried about competition, Miller said the law would only come into effect once two other New England states pass similar legislation. Vermont and Maine are considering proposals.