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Vermont Passes Legislation on Food Genetic Engineering and GMO Labeling Requirements
On 8 May 2014, the Governor of Vermont signed Vermont Bill H. 112 Labeling of Food Produced with Genetic Engineering. This bill was passed by the Vermont legislation on 23 April 2014.
Vermont Bill H. 112 – Requirements on Food Genetic Engineering Labeling
After 1 July 2016 a Raw Agricultural Commodity (RAC) in packaged form offered for sale by a retailer in the state of Vermont that is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering must state “produced with genetic engineering”
Unless exempted from these labeling requirements, if the food is produced entirely or in part from genetic engineering the product package, signage or advertising shall not declare the product as “natural”, “naturally made”, naturally grown”, “all natural” or any similar words that would mislead the consumer.
Food and GMO Labeling - Some of the Exemptions
- Food consisting of or derived entirely from an animal which has not itself been produced from genetic engineering regardless if it has been fed or injected with any substance produced with genetic engineering.
- Any processed food solely if it includes one or more processing aids or enzymes produced with genetic engineering.
- Any processed food solely because it includes one or more materials produced with genetic engineering provided the material or materials total is not more than 0.9% of the total weight of the processed food.
- Alcoholic beverages as listed in Title 7 of the Vermont Statues.
- Food that is not packaged for retail sale and that is a processed food prepared and intended for immediate human consumption or served, sold or provided in any restaurant or food establishment.
- Medical food as defined in 21 U.S.C 360ee(b)(3).
GMO Labeling on Infant Food
Additionally on 04 June 2013 the State of Connecticut passed Bill HB 6527 that requires infant formula or baby food that is produced from GMOs to be labeled as “produced with genetic engineering”
On 12 June 2013, the State of Maine passed LD 718 which requires food and feed produced from GMOs to have a disclosure statement of “Produced with Genetic Engineering”
- Bill H.112 (http://www.leg.state.vt.us/
- Title 7 on Alcoholic Beverages (http://www.leg.state.vt.us/
- Chapter 9 - Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, Subchapter V - Drugs and Devices, United States Code 2010 (http://www.gpo.gov/
- Substitute Bill No. 6527 (http://openstates.org/
- “Connecticut passes first GMO food labeling law in US” – RT.com (http://rt.com/
- An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock, 126th Maine Legislature (http://
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