New Mexico

A New Mexico Senate bill that would have changed food-labeling practices has died on the senate floor.

On January 18, 2013, SB. 18, “Labeling Genetically Modified Food”, a bill that would have required companies to label genetically modified food sold in the state was introduced in the New Mexico legislature. The bill was sponsored by Senator Peter Wirth and referred to the Public Affairs Committee.

According to SB.18, the bill was:

“An act relating to commerce; amending and enacting sections of the New Mexico Food Act and The Commercial Feed Law to Require the Labeling of Food and Commercial Feed that Contains Genetically Modified Material; providing for measurement, quantification and investigation of genetically modified material in food and commercial feed.”

On January 31, 2013, SB.18 was voted down when the Senate voted not to adopt a committee report.  

According to a Biz Journal report:

 “Even though SB 18 is dead this year, it’s clear that New Mexicans want and deserve a label that tells them whether or not their food has been genetically engineered,” said the bill’s author, State Senator Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe. “GE food labels are a right New Mexican consumers deserve and, while this defeat is a set-back, this discussion will continue at the state and national level.”