A California bill requiring labels to disclose genetically modified (GM) ingredients in food recently failed to pass after a close vote in the state senate. Opponents argued that it would cost the average consumer as much as $400 per year for labeling a category of food that presents no risk to the public.

Vermont became the first state to enact a GM ingredient-labeling law in May 2014. Additional information about that statute appears in Issue 521 of this Update. See Reuters, May 29, 2014.