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S.809: Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act

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Sponsor Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 17 (15 Democrats, 1 Independent, 1 Republican)
Introduced April 24, 2013
Latest Major Action April 24, 2013
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Bill Summary

Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem misbranded any food that has been genetically engineered or contains one or more genetically engineered ingredients, unless such information is clearly disclosed.

Exempts from this requirement any food that: (1) is served in restaurants or other similar eating establishments, (2) is a medical food, (3) would be subject to such requirement solely because it was produced using a genetically engineered vaccine, or (4) would be subject to such requirement solely because it includes the use of a genetically engineered processing aid (including yeast) or enzyme.

Defines "genetically engineered" as a material intended for human consumption that is: (1) an organism produced through the intentional use of genetic engineering, or (2) the progeny of intended sexual or asexual reproduction (or both) of one or more organisms that is the product of genetic engineering...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
April 24, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.