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Vermont GMO-Labeling Lawsuit

Legal experts contend that a 2014 lawsuit pending in the Northeast could have sweeping ramifications for U.S. food-labeling initiatives, either slowing down or fueling additional measures that mandate labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Last year, the Vermont Legislature imposed a requirement that manufacturers label genetically engineered (GE) foods, and trade groups representing the food industry wasted little time challenging the law in a 22-page complaint. The fate of the potentially precedent-setting case rests in the hands of Christina Reiss, a chief federal judge for the District of Vermont, who must first decide whether to preliminarily enjoin enforcement of the statute.

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