New food labels for genetically modified ingredients

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A neighboring New England state is about to require specific labeling on certain foods you buy at the grocery store. 22News found out the details on this new legislation.

Vermont passed a  bill Wednesday that would make it the first to require food companies to label products containing genetically modified ingredients.

The food you buy from your grocery store may not be the freshest or most natural. But a new law could change the packaging of products so you know exactly what’s going in your body.

And that would be welcome news for people who shop specifically for organic and natural products. Celina Borgos told 22News she’s been switching to organic foods after a health scare.

“I do a lot of my own cooking mainly because I cannot eat the food that’s out there anymore. I buy eggs from a farm so they go straight from the chicken to my refrigerator. So i know exactly where it comes from,” said Borgos.

Vermont lawmakers  passed legislation that will require the labeling of genetically modified foods. So if the ingredients aren’t natural the new label will warn you before you buy it.

The operations manager at Green Fields Market told 22News placing GMO labels on foods is a good thing because it lets them know what they’re buying. “Whether you’re for or against GMO’s,  just the clarity of what’s in the food folks are buying is very meaningful to us,” said Rob Levengood.

Once Vermont’s governor signs the bill, it would take effect July 1st of 2016, giving food producers enough time to comply to the new standards.

29 other states have proposed similar bills this year. And in Europe there are already restrictions on the labeling and sale of GMO foods.

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