Supporters of a Maine law that would require labels on foods grown with the use of genetically modified organisms are getting ready for a new fight in the State House, according to The Portland Press Herald in Portland, Maine.
The state crafted a law in January 2014 that will require the labels if five contiguous states, including Maine, pass labeling laws. But some lawmakers then began a drive to repeal the trigger, which would put the law into effect, and a key State House panel is expected to take up the issue in coming weeks.
Supporters of labeling foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are divided on whether the trigger should stay. Some label supporters, and some opponents, argue that repealing the trigger would leave Maine with different rules than nearby states, and local grocers on the hook for the cost of the labels. Others say the state should have the right to act on the labels on its own.
Still others on both sides have said the state should wait to see what federal lawmakers do with the issue, since industry-supported legislation that is pending U.S. Senate approval would pre-empt any state labeling requirements.
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