Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced legislation in the US House of Representatives in mid-November calling for mandatory labeling of all foods derived from genetically modified organisms. This proposed, comprehensive "consumers' right to know" law specifies wording for a standardized label and also outlines a system for determining whether GM materials were introduced into a food during any stage of manufacture and production. Michael Phillips of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (Washington, DC) calls the bill "entirely unnecessary" and says that such labeling would "confuse consumers by suggesting that the process of biotechnology might in and of itself have an impact on the safety of food." Meanwhile, President Clinton, speaking before members of an agricultural group in Arkansas, endorsed the current federal approach for evaluating the safety of GM crops.
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Fox, J. US bill seeks GMO labeling. Nat Biotechnol 17, 1147 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1038/70658