senate Bill S3802A

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Provides for the labeling of food or food products that contain a genetically engineered material or that are produced with a genetically engineered material

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 15, 2016 print number 3802a
Jan 15, 2016 amend and recommit to consumer protection
Jan 06, 2016 referred to consumer protection
Feb 17, 2015 referred to consumer protection

S3802 - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §391-u, Gen Bus L; amd §§198 & 201, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S7405
2017-2018: S4687
2019-2020: S2473

S3802 - Summary

Provides for the labeling of food or food products that contain a genetically engineered material or that are produced with a genetically engineered material; defines terms; imposes penalties for false labels and misbranding; sets forth exemptions.

S3802 - Sponsor Memo

S3802 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  3802

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 17, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- 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 engineered 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 entirely genetically engineered or partially produced
with genetic engineering so they can make informed purchasing decisions.
Labeling is necessary to ensure that New York consumers  are  fully  and
reliably  informed about the products they purchase and consume. 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. Unless these foods contain a known
allergen,  the  FDA does not require the developers of genetically engi-
neered foods to consult with the agency. Consultations with the FDA  are
entirely voluntary;
  (b)  Mandatory identification of foods produced with genetic engineer-
ing can provide a critical method for tracking any potential  short-term
and  long-term  health  effects of consuming foods produced with genetic
engineering;
  (c) Polls consistently show that the vast majority of the public wants
to know if their food has been produced with genetic engineering;
  (d) More than sixty countries, including Japan,  South  Korea,  China,
Australia,  New  Zealand,  Thailand,  Russia,  the European Union member
states, and other key United States trading partners, have laws  mandat-
ing disclosure of genetically engineered foods;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08813-01-5

S3802A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §391-u, Gen Bus L; amd §§198 & 201, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S7405
2017-2018: S4687
2019-2020: S2473

S3802A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides for the labeling of food or food products that contain a genetically engineered material or that are produced with a genetically engineered material; defines terms; imposes penalties for false labels and misbranding; sets forth exemptions.

S3802A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3802A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 3802--A

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 17, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Consumer  Protection  --
  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 engineered 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 entirely genetically engineered or partially produced
with genetic engineering so they can make informed purchasing decisions.
Labeling is necessary to ensure that New York consumers  are  fully  and
reliably  informed about the products they purchase and consume. 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. Unless these foods contain a known
allergen,  the  FDA does not require the developers of genetically engi-
neered foods to consult with the agency. Consultations with the FDA  are
entirely voluntary;
  (b)  Mandatory identification of foods produced with genetic engineer-
ing can provide a critical method for tracking any potential  short-term
and  long-term  health  effects of consuming foods produced with genetic
engineering;
  (c) Polls consistently show that the vast majority of the public wants
to know if their food has been produced with genetic engineering;
  (d) More than sixty countries, including Japan,  South  Korea,  China,
Australia,  New  Zealand,  Thailand,  Russia,  the European Union member

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08813-02-6

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