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VT GMO Labeling Rules Filed – Comment Period Opens

VT GMO & Your Right to Know

The Vermont Attorney General’s office filed proposed regulations to implement Vermont’s first in the nation GMO labeling law yesterday with the Secretary of State’s office.

VT GMO Labels

The new regulations will create new requirements of food producers, distributors and retailers, both for labeling on impacted products and new record keeping requirements.  It provides specifics for implementing (1) the labeling requirements for food produced with genetic engineering, (2) the prohibition on using certain terms to describe foods produced with genetic engineering and the exemptions from both the labeling requirement and prohibition. Additionally, it clarifies certain terms in the law and further outlines the enforcement and penalty provisions.

According to the economic impact statement from the AG’s office, the rule, itself, does not impose any increased costs beyond those imposed by Act 120. Food producers, distributors and retailers may incur costs associated with compliance of Act 120 under the proposed rule, including the costs for updating food labels or finding alternative ingredient sources.  These costs include the updating of food packaging, as well as, the time and resources involved in sourcing alternative ingredients. 

The rules require retailers to label bulk or processed fruits and vegetables that are or may be derived from genetically modified seed, bulk foods, certain deli items, such as salads, in-store bakery items and other products that a retailer may package.

Proposed regulations

Public Hearing

January 20, 2015, 5:00 pm

State House, Room 11

115 State Street

Montpelier, VT

 

Public Comments close January 28, 2015

Todd Daloz

Office of the Attorney General

109 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05609

todd.daloz@state.vt.us

 

Article provided by the VT Retail & Grocers Association 

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