For Immediate Release:
Jan. 16, 2013

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Senator Jamilah Nasheed Blazes a Path with Consumer Protection Legislation
Measure Addresses Genetically Modified Foods

JEFFERSON CITY — Today (1-16), State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, took on the mantle of consumer protector by filing a bill relating to food labeling.

“While I understand that food production is an integral Missouri industry, I don’t feel the trend of biotechnology and genetically engineered foods is always apparent to the average citizen,” said Sen. Nasheed. “I am merely asking for clarity in the sale of certain genetically engineered, or GE, foods to Missouri’s consumers.”

Senate Bill 155 requires any genetically modified meat or fish raised and sold in the state of Missouri to be clearly labeled as genetically engineered as of Sept. 1, 2015. The bill further defines the term “genetically modified” to mean any animal or fish, including future offspring, whose genetic structure has been altered beyond natural conditions.

“I don’t want to hinder any producer of genetically modified goods,” said Sen. Nasheed. “However, I strongly feel that people have the right to know what they are putting into their bodies. By requiring a label indicating genetic modification in their meat selection, Missourians will have the choice to purchase the GE foods or not. Citizens have the right to be informed and to make their own decisions based on education and information.”

Senator Nasheed continued, “In 2005, Alaska adopted the first piece of legislation in the country relating to genetically engineered foods. The bill was a proactive approach to Alaska’s fishing industry, aimed at protecting that industry’s future.”

If passed, SB 155 gives the Missouri Department of Agriculture the authorization to continue this rule after its 2015 effective date.

To view SB 155 or any other legislation sponsored by Sen. Nasheed, please visit her Missouri Senate website at