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Pompeo’s efforts to block state GMO labeling go on

Though activists had warned of “a year-end sneak attack” by Congress to pre-empt state labeling requirements for foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the federal spending bill that emerged Wednesday only had language related to labeling genetically modified salmon. That means, as Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, predicted to The Eagle editorial board early in the week, the task of handling his broader GMO labeling legislation will fall to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., in 2016. Pompeo noted the bipartisan support for his House-passed bill, which would block state and local requirements that GMOs be labeled and increase federal regulatory oversight of such products. “There is very, very widespread support for not having city-by-city or state-by-state labeling” laws on GMOs, Pompeo said. – Rhonda Holman