New Hampshire Right to Know GMOs

NH Right to Know GMOs is a statewide network of advocates declaring our fundamental right to know if our food contains ingredients derived from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).


HISTORY of HB 660 by NH Right to Know GMOs

On January 3, 2013 HB 660 "Requiring Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods & Agricultural Commodities,” was introduced to the New Hampshire State legislature and assigned to the House Environment & Agricultural Commodities Committee. As currently worded, the bill establishes that after July 1, 2014, any human or animal food offered for retail sale in this state shall be deemed misbranded if not properly labeled as a genetically engineered food.  The bill would require labels to be placed on any food items produced entirely or partly through genetic engineering.

HB 660 is sponsored by Representatives Maureen Mann, Linda Massimilla, Robert Perry, Suzanne Smith, and Ian Raymond.

After a nearly five-hour hearing convened by the House Agriculture Committee on February 28, 2013, the bill is being retained in Committee in order that a final recommendation to the full House can be made by this fall.

What We Expect will Happen

A subcommittee has been formed to study this bill, looking for weaknesses in the wording. They will also review all of the possible objections.

The subcommittee will return to the Environmental & Agricultural Committee with their recommendations in the fall of 2013. We anticipate that they will present recommendations to amend the bill.

The policy committee -- Environmental & Agricultural Committee -- has until November 22, 2013 to make a decision to either recommend the bill as written, make any changes by way of an amendment, or recommend that the bill be inexpedient to Legislate (killed).

Regardless of what the the Environmental and Agricultural Committee decides, it will appear on the House calendar in December. It will be voted on by the NH House of Reps in January.

If the bill passes through the House of Representatives, it will be turned over to the Senate to review, and possibly amend.

NH House Bill 660       

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