GE labeling bill passes Vermont House

Published online: May 21, 2013
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The Vermont House of Representatives has passed a bill requiring the labeling of all genetically engineered foods sold in that state-although it's not expected to move very quickly.

Food Navigator USA says the Vermont state Senate will take up the bill next but says it likely won't deal with it until next January.

If approved, the measure would either go into effect in two years, or in 18 months if at least two other states adopt similar legislation.

Food Navigator reports that Vermont's assistant attorney general has warned that biotech companies would likely sue the state over such legislation-on First Amendment grounds-and that federal questions are also likely to be raised.