GMA hits state biotech laws

Comprehensive federal regulation of food biotechnology makes it unnecessary for states to mandate label copy on biotech-derived crops and would only lead to a “confusing patchwork” of regulations, said Lance Hastings, director, state affairs, Western region for the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) at a California Senate hearing.

Hastings explained the current federal policy on labeling of biotech products and said requiring special labeling would convey the message that these products are “different” from conventional foods or pose a risk.

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