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Consumers in Oregon will not know is salmon wild-caught or GM

Staff writer |
A bill that would require genetically engineered fish to be labeled in Oregon has died in committee but the proposal will likely be resurrected in 2017.

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House Bill 4122 was approved 32-27 earlier this month by the House and was referred to the Senate Committee on Health Care, which did not act on the bill by the legislature’s February 23 2016 deadline, Capital Press reports.

Supporters of the bill said it would bolster Oregon’s fishing industry by allowing consumers to easily discern between local wild-caught salmon and a biotech variety approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015.

Critics of HB 4122 argued that labeling would unnecessarily alarm consumers about the safety of such fish and claimed the bill was premature because the FDA is still determining whether federal labeling guidelines for such salmon are appropriate.

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