PA 15-13—HB 6886

General Law Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPLICABILITY OF GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED FOOD LABELING REQUIREMENTS TO NONALCOHOLIC MALT BEVERAGES

SUMMARY: This act exempts nonalcoholic malt beverages from the law's genetically engineered food labeling requirements. These beverages are those with up to . 5% alcohol by volume, obtained by alcohol fermentation of an infusion or concoction of water, hops, barley malt, or cereal grains.

By law, foods intended for human consumption that are entirely or partially genetically engineered must be labeled as such after four other states pass similar laws, provided one state borders Connecticut and the total population of these states in the northeast exceeds 20 million. (This threshold has not been reached. )

The law already exempts certain food products, such as (1) alcoholic beverages, (2) food not packaged for retail sale that is intended for immediate consumption, and (3) certain farm products.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015

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