Earlier, we had reported that Vermont lawmakers had passed a law that required special labels on food that contained genetically modified organisms (GMOs). We also reported that they were the first US state to do so.
Food industry groups have filed as lawsuit on 12 June claiming that Vermont’s GMO labeling law goes beyond the state’s authority under the US Constitution. The lawsuit that the law is “a costly and misguided measure” and that it will not improve customers’ health.
They are right that this will not improve the health of customers, because foods made with GMOs are considered safe by the FDA.
The Governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin, said, “Vermonters will have the right to know what’s in their food. We are pro-information.” He signed the law on May 8, which will force food companies to label all GMO foods from July 2016, The bill only applies to packed foods sold at retail locations and does not cover meat or dairy made from animals that consumed GMOs.
The Center for Food Safety, which helped draft Vermont’s GMO labeling law, opened an office in Honolulu in April to spearhead its efforts in Hawaii. The organization was already supporting a Kauai Country law regulating pesticides and genetically modified crops.