01 Mar '12, 5pm

Vermont Introduces Law Requiring Labels on Genetically Modified Foods

Vermont Introduces Law Requiring Labels on Genetically Modified Foods

Proposed legislation in Vermont could soon require foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled as such. Known as the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act , the bill would go into effect in 2014 and apply to food sold in retail stores. Right now, the only way to know if a food does not contain genetically modified ingredients is to buy organic; to some extent, the Non-GMO Project label helps as well, although that can be imperfect . Other states are backing similar efforts—including California , Connecticut , and Washington —but the Vermont law is said to be unique in that it would also prohibit "natural" claims on labels of foods that are genetically modified . There is currently no law that regulates , with the exception of meat, how the word "natural" is used on labels . The bill could have big implications for food labeling and h...

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