Florida is organizing the ballot initiative to require labeling of Genetically Engineered ( GE / GMO ) foods in Florida.
SB 558 was introduced in December 2013 by Senator Jeremy Ring. According to the bill text, foods made with genetically engineered ingredients “must include a clear and conspicuous statement with the words ‘contains genetically engineered ingredients,’ followed by the name of the genetically engineered ingredient or ingredients, on the front or back of the package.”
On March 1, 2013, HB 1233 was introduced to the Florida House of Representatives to require mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered foods and raw agricultural commodities. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Mark S. Pafford and Michele Vasilinda.
According to the bill summary, HB 1233 would:
“Provides definitions; provides list of commercial commodities commonly cultivated in genetically engineered form and requires DACS to publish list by specified date & to update published list annually; provides mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered raw agricultural commodities & processed foods made with or derived from genetically engineered ingredients; exempts specified foods, commodities, ingredients, & other substances from labeling requirements; authorizes department to adopt rules; provides for enforcement of labeling requirements; provides penalties & civil remedies.”
On March 2, 2013, a companion bill, S.1728 was introduced in the Florida Senate by Senator Maria Lorts Sachs.
In addition, efforts are also currently underway by state labeling advocates to introduce a ballot initiative for the 2014 election.
GMO Free Florida is a grassroots organization that educates & organizes to bring awareness on the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms in our food and environment. Our goal is to get mandatory labeling, and/or restrictions of GMOs in Florida and eventually ban the release of all GMO’s into the environment.
To learn more about what’s happening in your state visit GMO Free Florida.
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