Vermont’s Attorney General formally adopts rules to implement mandatory GM labeling law.

  • Vermont is the only state in the U.S. with an effective law that mandates the labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering.  Although the law is set to take effect on July 1, 2016, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other national food trade associations have challenged the law in court; the case is still pending.
  • In the meantime, Vermont’s Attorney General (AG) has formally adopted regulations to implement the mandatory labeling requirement.  The rules specify the scope of the labeling requirement and provide details regarding requirements for claim wording, prominence, and placement.
  • The food industry continues to await resolution of the legal challenge to Vermont’s labeling law; the disposition of that case likely will set the stage for future legislative action at the state and/or federal level.