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).

May 5, 2015

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Vermont GMO-Labeling Lawsuit

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.

Act 120 doesn’t take effect until July 1, 2016, but the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Washington and other plaintiffs contend their members will face significant challenges meeting the deadline because they “must revise hundreds of thousands of product packages, from the small to the super-sized.”

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