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Vermont will not enforce GE Food Labeling Law

August 11, 2016

AG's Office issues statement

Following President Obama's signing of S.764, which establishes a "National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard," the Vermont Attorney General will no longer be enforcing Act 120, Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering. "We successfully defended our law for two years, and as a result many companies are now disclosing that their products are produced with genetic engineering," said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. "We hope they will continue to do so going forward, not because our law requires it, but because it is the right thing to do," he continued.
 
Under the federal law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has two years to draft regulations to implement the labeling standard. "My office intends to take an active role as the labeling fight shifts from the legislative process in Congress to the regulatory process at the USDA," said Sorrell.



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