New Mexico State Senator Wants New Food Labels
The fight for food labels for genetically engineered foods is far from fading. Though California voters failed to pass proposition 37, which would require GMO labeling, Connecticut legislators recently signaled they would take up the matter. However, the Northeastern lawmakers appear a step behind, after a state senator from New Mexico filed a proposition supporting legalized GMO labeling.
Peter Wirth (Democrat - Santa Fe-25) has filed a proposed amendment (SB 18) to the New Mexico Food Act to mandate food labels for genetically engineered food and feed. The legislation would require foods and feed products that are made of more than 1 percent genetically modified material to carry the label.
Senator: Consumers Have Right To Know, Labels Necessary
Wirth has said the proposed amendment for new labels would empower customers to know what is in the food they eat.
"The premise of this amendment is simple - New Mexicans deserve the right to know what's in the food they are eating and feeding to their families," said Wirth. "Labeling GE foods and feed will empower consumers with basic information to help them decide for themselves the types of food they want to buy."
The amendment would also be a corrective measure, not just focused on mandating labels. The amendment's language went in-depth on how it would define misbranding of genetically modified foods and rectify those problems.