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Lawmakers Launch New Push For GMO Labels on Food for Kids

HARTFORD — A renewed Connecticut campaign to require labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms was launched Thursday, this time focusing on baby formulas and other food for children.

The latest GMO-labeling effort comes despite Connecticut’s passage in 2013 of a yet-to-take-effect law to label genetically modified foods. There is also a strong bipartisan pro-food-industry push going on now in Congress to approve federal legislation to preempt any state GMO label laws.

Connecticut’s labeling law hasn’t taken effect because it included the unusual stipulation that neighboring states with significant populations enact similar GMO laws.

Rep. Diana Urban, D-North Stonington, and Sen. Dante Bartolomeo, D-Meriden, co-chairwomen of the legislature’s children’s committee, said Thursday they don’t want to wait for other states or Congress to act, insisting that the health of children is too important.