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S. 809 (113th): Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act

About the bill

The bill would require clear labeling for any food that was genetically engineered or contains at least one genetically engineered ingredient to be clearly labeled.

Senator Barbara Boxer [D-CA] and Congressman Peter DeFazio [D-OR4] introduced identical bills to their respective houses in order to bring FDA labeling policy in line with 21st century food technologies. Both bills have bipartisan cosponsors. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recognize genetically modified foods as materially different from their non-modified peers. Currently, 64 countries around the world require labels for genetically modified foods.

Similar bills in the past have failed to pass due to intense lobbying by agriculture and biotech industries such as Monsanto and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

The bill defines “genetic engineering” with respect to food as a process involving direct …

Sponsor and status

Barbara Boxer

Sponsor. Senator for California. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 24, 2013
Length: 8 pages
Apr 24, 2013
113th Congress (2013–2015)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 24, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


17 Cosponsors (15 Democrats, 1 Republican, 1 Independent)



Apr 24, 2013

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S. 809 (113th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 809. This is the one from the 113th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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