Vermont Prepares For Mandatory GMO Labeling

May 1, 2014 — Vermont is the first state to require genetically modified food to be labeled as such. What is interesting is that they have made some exceptions to this law, includingnmpf dairy products.

“If a cow has been fed GMO grains, which most of them are in this country, you would not have to label for that,” NMPF’s Chris Galen reported. “You would also not have to label meat or any foods sold at food service type establishments like restaurants.”

Meanwhile, Vermont is gearing up for a legal defense as they expect the mandatory labeling law to be challenged in court. The issue is whether the law violates some provision of the constitution. Those in the dairy industry may recall what happened 20 years ago when Vermont lawmakers tried to label rBST “bovine growth hormone” but was defeated by a court.

The National Milk Producers Federation backs voluntary labeling at the federal level, as opposed to mandatory labels that apply to some foods and settings but not others.

“What we really need to have is a clear definition of what GMO foods are and how you can go about voluntarily labeling them,” Galen said. “We don’t see the need for mandatory labeling like what’s been passed in Vermont or what’s being considered by other states.”

Until some bills are passed in the nation’s capital, we might continue to see bills like Vermont considered or even passed.

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