Connecticut Dietetic Association Supports Legislative Proposal Requiring Labels for Genetically Engineered Foods

GLASTONBURY, CT (February 24, 2012) – The Connecticut Dietetic Association (CDA) applauds efforts by the Legislature’s Environment Committee for proposing legislation that would require labels for genetically engineered foods and modified products.

HB #5117, “AN ACT CONCERNING GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS” would require the labeling of genetically-engineered foods and create further opportunities for genetically modified organism (GMO) farming and best practices for food products that are voluntarily labeled to indicate whether they include genetically engineered ingredients. The term “genetically engineered” refers to foods that are produced from organisms where their genetic material changed through various chemical applications.

If passed into law, this legislation would require that “genetically engineered” be clearly labeled and displayed on food packages or clearly marked next to the items being sold. Also, should the food be considered processed, it would need to be properly labeled with the wording “partially produced with genetic engineering” or “may be partially produced with genetic engineering.”

The Connecticut Dietetic Association diligently and consistently works with the public to educate about food consumption, and Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians teach and empower individuals and families to advocate for personal, healthy nutrition lifestyles and well-being. The Association strives for consumer protection and proper labeling of foods. These endeavors, coupled with further legislative efforts, will bring forth a more educated consumer.

“On behalf of the 1,000 members of the Connecticut Dietetic Association, we strongly urge passage of this legislation. Consumers have a right to know what types of ingredients are in their foods,” said Tina Fox Dugdale, President of CDA.  As a society we have one of the safest food supplies on the planet, and continue in the efforts to provide nutritious, healthy meals for our families, but we must not let up on the advocacy efforts that translate into knowledgeable and healthier consumers.”

CDA supports this legislative proposal and encourages the public to do so as well. For more information regarding this legislation visit http://cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5117&which_year=2012&SUBMIT1.x=0&SUBMIT1.y=0

About CT Dietetics Association: The Connecticut Dietetic Association serves as the leading advocate of the dietetic profession in Connecticut, serving the public through promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being. Membership includes registered dietitians, registered dietetic technicians, students, and retirees of the profession.  CDA is chartered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, committed to serving the public in the state of Connecticut, while supporting activities at the national and international level.

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