The state House of Representatives early Friday approved a bill requiring foods with genetically modified ingredients to carry a label.
“I am very pleased we were able to pass GMO labeling legislation that can become the first of its kind in the nation,” House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said in a statement. “It was done on a bipartisan basis in concert with the governor and I’m hopeful it serves as a model for other states to join us.”
While Connecticut would be the first state to approve GMO labeling legislation, the law would only take effect if five other states with a combined population of 25 million people pass similar rules. That’s a change from the version of the bill approved by the Senate, which would have required three nearby states to approve similar laws by July of 2015. If no other states did, Connecticut’s law would still take effect in July of 2016, under the Senate version.
Sharkey and Malloy had both expressed reservations about the Senate bill. Sharkey said he was concerned about the costs that Connecticut businesses could incur if the state were the only one to require such labels.