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Posted: Friday, March 7th, 2014 12:38 PM HST

Hawaii modified food bills battered but alive

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The chairwoman of the Hawaii House Agriculture Committee said Thursday she intends to fight for a bill that would establish a task force to study genetically modified foods.

But Democratic Rep. Jessica Wooley says she thinks SB 2454 doesn't include enough meaningful regulation. She says she would like to see labeling of genetically modified foods because many people want to know whether their groceries include those ingredients.

Wooley says simply labeling genetically modified foods as such would deflate tension around the issue.

The task force measure has already passed the Senate. Wooley says her House committee will take it up. The committee can offer changes to the bill.

A bill (HB 174) that would require labeling of genetically modified foods passed the House last year but has since been ignored in the Senate. A Senate measure (SB 2521) that would require labeling of genetically modified food and seeds made its way only partway through committee. It then languished, and was never sent to the Senate floor for a vote.



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