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Oregon Biotech Fish Labeling Fails to get Through Senate

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on February 26, 2016 - 5:12pm

Associated Press

A bill that would require genetically engineered fish to be labeled in Oregon has died in a Senate committee.

The Capital Press reports that the Senate Committee on Health Care failed to act on the bill by the Legislature's Feb. 23 deadline. Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson says there wasn't enough time to discuss it during this year's short legislative session.

Supporters of the bill say it would help support Oregon's fishing industry by allowing customers to easily distinguish locally caught salmon from a biotech variety approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year.

Those who oppose the bill argue that it's too early for lawmakers to consider it because the FDA is still determining whether federal labeling guidelines for such salmon are appropriate.

Originally Published: Statesman Journal

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