How the Vermont GMO labeling law is supposed to work

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Vermont Attorney General General Todd Daloz has released an early draft proposal of the GMO labeling rules.

Under these new rules, two types of labels will appear in grocery stores: one for raw, agricultural commodities (grocery store produce) and one for packaged, processed food (juice, canned goods, frozen food). These labels will identify each product as one of the following: “Produced with Genetic Engineering”, “May Be Produced with Genetic Engineering”, or “Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering”, he said.

The first type of label will appear on every sign that identifies the produce and its price, while the label for processed foods will be featured on the side of the package next to the Nutrition Facts label.

“It’s not a warning–it’s nothing like that,” Daloz said. “It’s just information for consumers and people who are interested in knowing this before they make a purchase.”

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For product labels to say ‘Partially Produced’, producers would have to show that that product contains no more than 75 percent material produced with genetic engineering. If it’s more than that, the label will read ‘Produced with Genetic Engineering.’

A third option is “May Be Produced with Genetic Engineering.” This type of modifier can only be used when a producer doesn’t actually know if their product contains genetic engineering.

Read full original articleKnow Your GMOs: 2016 Labeling Law

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