Colorado lawmakers again reject GMO labels

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 30, 2014 at 6:11 pm •  Published: January 30, 2014

DENVER (AP) — Labels on genetically modified foods have been rejected again by Colorado lawmakers. But the food-labeling debate could just be getting started for Colorado voters.

A House committee unanimously rejected a voluntary measure Thursday to give food producers the option of labeling food that doesn't include genetically modified ingredients.

The Food and Drug Administration already allows producers to voluntarily label their items as genetically engineered or not.

Lawmakers from both parties pointed out that if the optional labels were approved by the Legislature, the state would then have to penalize retailers that mislabeled foods — setting up possible fines and jail time.

Several said the federal government, not the states, should address labels on food items made or derived from genetically modified crops, known as GMOs.

"I think that would be better than doing it state by state," said Rep. Beth McCann, D-Denver.

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