, the U.S. Senate has blocked a bill that would nullify state and local efforts to require food makers to label products made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as the industry races to stop Vermont’s GMO labeling law from taking effect on July 1.
The proposed legislation from Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas comes amid growing calls for transparency in the U.S. food supply. Labeling advocates have criticized the bill because it leaves the decision to disclose GMO ingredients to the companies whose products contain them.
Senate Bill 2609 is known as the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act by supporters and the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act by opponents. A procedural vote on March 16 failed to reach the necessary 60 votes to advance the bill in the Senate, with 49 yes votes and 48 no votes.