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John Hoeven

5 things: House bill would prevent mandatory GMO labeling

States could no longer require labels on genetically modified foods under legislation the House is considering. The legislation scheduled for a vote Thursday in the House is backed by the food industry, which has fought state labeling efforts around the country. So far, Vermont is the only state set to require the labels. The country's largest food companies say genetically modified foods are safe and that labels would be misleading. They say a patchwork of laws around the country would make things expensive for companies and confusing for consumers. "The reality is, biotechnology has time and time again proved safe," the bill's sponsor, Kansas Republican Rep. Mike...