The Senate voted 71-27 to turn down a farm-bill amendment that would allow states to require special labeling for food containing genetically modified organisms. The proposal "is not germane to the farm bill" and would impede the agency's science-based method of determining the food labeling that is needed for consumers," said Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. The FDA doesn't require special labeling "because they've determined that food content of these ingredients does not materially differ from their conventional counterparts," Stabenow said.

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