Vermont begins making rules for GMO labels
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General’s office is beginning to make the rules that will govern the state’s new law requiring the labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering.
Attorney General William Sorrell says that over the next several weeks his office will begin soliciting input from the public and those who will be affected by the rules, including food processors, grocers and other retailers, the agricultural community, and consumers.
Last week Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the law that takes effect in mid-2016.
Opponents of the labeling requirement are vowing to sue. The Grocery Manufacturers’ Association has said government has no compelling interest in warning consumers about GMO foods.
And some in Congress are working on a bill that would forbid states from passing and enforcing GMO labeling laws.