Vermont passes bill requiring GMO labeling

April 25, 2014

Vermont passed a bill requiring that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients be labeled as such, and Governor Peter Shumlin is expected to sign it into law, according to the New York Times. The bill was approved by the state Senate last week before being approved 114 to 30 on April 23 by the Vermont House of Representatives. The law would go into effect July 1, 2016.

Similar efforts have been initiated in nearly two dozen other states, though laws that have passed in Connecticut and Maine are contingent on a variety of other factors being in place, such as more than four other states enacting their own requirements. A recently introduced federal bill would prevent states from enacting their own laws requiring GMO labeling on the grounds that it would make it exceedingly difficult for the national government to regulate its food system and would instead grant that authority to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

New York Times report