U.S. Senate Votes Down GMO Labeling Proposal
March 18, 2016

The U.S. Senate voted not to invoke cloture on a bill by Sen. Pat Roberts (Kan.) that would have pre-empted states' rights to pass their own requirements for labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms among their ingredients.

The vote's failure essentially ends the bill's progress through Congress. The bill was proposed in response to Vermont state legislation that requires such labeling beginning July 1, and other states that have, or are considering, similar legislation.

At issue is consumers' desire, as indicated by research, to have GMOs labeled, whether or not that disclosure would affect their food choices. The food industry is concerned about higher costs and the negative effect such labeling would likely have on sales, despite the fact that GMOs have not been shown to be detrimental to health. Also a concern, the prospect of a patchwork of laws and regulations across the country that national food manufacturers have to work with.