A bill crafted by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and pushed by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., to block cities and states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods failed in the U.S. Senate earlier this month on a 48-49 vote, far short of the 60-vote procedural hurdle. As a result, several major food companies – including General Mills, Mars and Kellogg – recently announced plans to begin labeling their products for GMOs. Vermont and other states have passed laws requiring labeling, and the companies decided it was too expensive to have different labels for different states. Pompeo’s bill would place the Food and Drug Administration in charge of labeling. – Phillip Brownlee
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