Monday, May 13, 2013


Senator Liz Krueger
Dear Mr. Castellano,
Thank you for writing to express your concern regarding foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  I share your concerns regarding this issue and that is why I co-sponsor Senate bill S3835-A, which would require manufacturers and retailers to properly label foods and seeds containing GMOs.
Genetic engineering is a process which allows for the altering of the genetic material contained in an organism to change the characteristics the organism will display as it develops. This bill defines what is constituted as genetically engineered or modified material and requires manufactures and retailers to clearly label and display such foods.  This bill also establishes penalties for entities that misbrand or falsely label such foods.
GMOs have been linked to various health issues, from allergies to more serious ailments, such as heart disease and cancer.  Currently 60 countries around the world have laws in place requiring the labeling of foods containing GMOs, and yet there is no federal law in place here in the United States.  Given the potential health risks associated with GMOs, I believe consumers should be aware of whether or not GMOs are contained in the foods they eat. This bill will be an important step in protecting New Yorkers from the hazardous health effects of GMOs.

Thank you again for taking the time to express your concerns. Please be assured that I will continue to work towards properly addressing this issue.  Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future should you have any further questions regarding this or any other issue.
Liz Krueger
State Senator

District Office:
211 East 43rd Street, Suite 401
New York, New York 10017

Albany Office:
905 Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12247

No comments:

Post a Comment