senate Bill S3835B

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides for the labeling of raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, seed, and seed stock produced with genetic engineering

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 23, 2014 print number 3835b
May 23, 2014 amend and recommit to consumer protection
Jan 08, 2014 referred to consumer protection
May 08, 2013 print number 3835a
May 08, 2013 amend and recommit to consumer protection
Feb 21, 2013 referred to consumer protection

Co-Sponsors

S3835 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3525
Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §391-t, Gen Bus L; amd §§198 & 201, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S2052, A500
2011-2012: S3908, A1367
2015-2016: S485, A617
2017-2018: S2072

S3835 - Summary

Provides for the labeling of raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, seed, and seed stock produced with genetic engineering; defines terms; imposes penalties for false labels and misbranding; sets forth exemptions.

S3835 - Sponsor Memo

S3835 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3835

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 21, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection

AN ACT to amend the general business law and the agriculture and markets
  law, in relation to the labeling of genetically modified foods

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section
391-s to read as follows:
  S 391-S. GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS; REQUIRED LABELING.  1. AS USED IN
THIS SECTION, THE TERM:
  (A)  "GENETICALLY  MODIFIED  MATERIAL" MEANS MATERIAL DERIVED FROM ANY
PART OF A GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM, WITHOUT REGARD TO  WHETHER  THE
ALTERED  MOLECULAR  OR  CELLULAR  CHARACTERISTICS  OF  THE  ORGANISM ARE
DETECTABLE IN THE MATERIAL.
  (B) "GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM" MEANS:
  (I) AN ORGANISM THAT HAS BEEN ALTERED AT  THE  MOLECULAR  OR  CELLULAR
LEVEL  BY  MEANS THAT ARE NOT POSSIBLE UNDER NATURAL CONDITIONS OR PROC-
ESSES, INCLUDING  RECOMBINANT  DNA  AND  RNA  TECHNIQUES,  CELL  FUSION,
MICROENCAPSULATION,  MACROENCAPSULATION,  GENE  DELETION  AND  DOUBLING,
INTRODUCTION OF A FOREIGN GENE, AND A PROCESS THAT CHANGES THE POSITIONS
OF GENES, OTHER THAN A MEANS CONSISTING EXCLUSIVELY OF BREEDING,  CONJU-
GATION,  FERMENTATION,  HYBRIDIZATION, IN VITRO FERTILIZATION, OR TISSUE
CULTURE; AND
  (II) AN ORGANISM MADE THROUGH SEXUAL OR ASEXUAL REPRODUCTION, OR BOTH,
INVOLVING AN ORGANISM DESCRIBED IN SUBPARAGRAPH (I) OF  THIS  PARAGRAPH,
IF  POSSESSING  ANY OF THE ALTERED MOLECULAR OR CELLULAR CHARACTERISTICS
OF THE ORGANISM SO DESCRIBED.
  (C) "PRODUCED WITH A GENETICALLY MODIFIED MATERIAL" USED WITH  RESPECT
TO A FOOD, MEANS A FOOD IF:
  (I)  THE  ORGANISM FROM WHICH THE FOOD IS DERIVED HAS BEEN INJECTED OR
OTHERWISE TREATED WITH A GENETICALLY MODIFIED MATERIAL, EXCEPT THAT  THE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02306-01-3

Co-Sponsors

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S3835A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3525
Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §391-t, Gen Bus L; amd §§198 & 201, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S2052, A500
2011-2012: S3908, A1367
2015-2016: S485, A617
2017-2018: S2072

S3835A - Summary

Provides for the labeling of raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, seed, and seed stock produced with genetic engineering; defines terms; imposes penalties for false labels and misbranding; sets forth exemptions.

S3835A - Sponsor Memo

S3835A - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3835--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 21, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. LAVALLE, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when  printed  to  be  committed  to  the  Committee  on  Consumer
  Protection -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the general business law and the agriculture and markets
  law, in relation to the labeling of genetically modified foods

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section
391-s to read as follows:
  S 391-S. GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS;  REQUIRED  LABELING.  1.    DEFI-
NITIONS. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE TERM:
  (A)  "DISTRIBUTOR" MEANS A PERSON OR BUSINESS ENGAGED IN ANY METHOD OF
DISTRIBUTING OR TRANSPORTING A FOOD OR FOOD PRODUCT FROM  ONE  PLACE  TO
ANOTHER.
  (B)  "ENZYME"  MEANS  A  PROTEIN  THAT CATALYZES CHEMICAL REACTIONS OF
OTHER  SUBSTANCES  WITHOUT  ITSELF  BEING  DESTROYED  OR  ALTERED   UPON
COMPLETION OF THE REACTIONS.
  (C)  "GENETICALLY  ENGINEERED,"  "GENETIC  ENGINEERING,"  "GENETICALLY
MODIFIED," OR "GENETIC MODIFICATION," AS  APPLIED  TO  ANY  HUMAN  FOOD,
MEANS  PRODUCED  FROM  OR  WITH  AN  ORGANISM OR ORGANISMS WITH GENETICS
ALTERED MATERIALLY THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF:
  (I) IN VITRO NUCLEIC ACID TECHNIQUES, INCLUDING  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO
RECOMBINANT  DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC  ACID  (DNA)  TECHNIQUES  AND  THE  DIRECT
INJECTION OF NUCLEIC ACID INTO CELLS OR ORGANELLES, OR
  (II) FUSION OF CELLS BEYOND THE TAXONOMIC FAMILY THAT OVERCOME NATURAL
PHYSIOLOGICAL REPRODUCTIVE OR RECOMBINANT  BARRIERS  AND  THAT  ARE  NOT
TECHNIQUES USED IN TRADITIONAL BREEDING AND SELECTION.
  (D)  "MANUFACTURER"  MEANS A PERSON OR BUSINESS THAT MAKES, PROCESSES,
COMBINES, OR PACKAGES FOOD INGREDIENTS INTO A FINISHED FOOD PRODUCT.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02306-03-3

Co-Sponsors

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S3835B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3525
Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §391-t, Gen Bus L; amd §§198 & 201, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S2052, A500
2011-2012: S3908, A1367
2015-2016: S485, A617
2017-2018: S2072

S3835B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides for the labeling of raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, seed, and seed stock produced with genetic engineering; defines terms; imposes penalties for false labels and misbranding; sets forth exemptions.

S3835B (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3835B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3835--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 21, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  LAVALLE, ADDABBO, AVELLA, BOYLE, CARLUCCI, DILAN,
  ESPAILLAT, HOYLMAN, KRUEGER,  LATIMER,  MONTGOMERY,  PERKINS,  ROBACH,
  SERRANO,  SMITH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to
  be committed to the Committee  on  Consumer  Protection  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  recommitted  to  the  Committee  on  Consumer
  Protection in accordance with Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the general business law and the agriculture and markets
  law, in relation to the labeling of genetically modified foods

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds that
New York state consumers have the right to know whether the  foods  they
purchase  have  been  produced with genetic engineering so they can make
informed purchasing decisions.
  Further the legislature finds that:
  (a) Currently, there is no federal law that requires food producers to
identify whether foods were produced with genetic  engineering.  At  the
same time, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not
require safety studies of such foods;
  (b)  Identification  of  foods  produced  with genetic engineering can
provide a critical  method  for  tracking  effects  of  consuming  foods
produced with genetic engineering;
  (c)  More  than  sixty  countries, including key United States trading
partners, have  laws  mandating  disclosure  of  genetically  engineered
foods.  Identifying  foods  produced  with genetic engineering will help
protect our state's export market;
  (d) A variety of genetically engineered crops are commercially  culti-
vated  and  sold  in  the  United  States, including corn, canola, sugar

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02306-26-4

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