Vermont prepares to enforce GMO labeling law, will target ‘willful violations’

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As Vermont is set to become the first state in the country on July 1 to require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, the state’s attorney general says his office will enforce the law by targeting “willful violations” by manufacturers and not products that were produced before that date that are still on store shelves.

“What we’re really going to go after is folks who are willfully noncompliant, who are just not putting labels on their products at all or otherwise trying to skirt the labeling law,” said Todd Daloz, an assistant attorney general.

Because some shelf-stable food will be produced and distributed before July 1, the state is allowing for a six-month period for those products to move through the system. The attorney general’s office says it won’t take enforcement action for those products during that time, unless there’s evidence that a manufacturer distributed a mislabeled product after July 1.

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The law requires manufacturers to label packaged foods produced with genetic engineering and stores must post a label on or near unpackaged genetically engineered foods such as produce and bulk food.

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Some foods are exempt from Vermont’s labeling law like meat, honey, plain milk or eggs . . . Also exempt are foods that require USDA approval of their labels such as those containing meat or poultry like a frozen dinner or can of SpaghettiOs. Alcohol is also exempt.

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