February 25, 2014
The State of Maine enacted a law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMO). The bill requires that genetically engineered food being sold in retail must have a packaging or store-shelf label stating, “Produced with Genetic Engineering.” A key provision in the law requires four additional, contiguous States to adopt similar legislation before Maine’s labeling requirement’s take effect.
Non-compliance of the bill will result in fines of up to $1,000 per day for each misbranded product per sales location.
Distributors and retailers are protected from penalties if they did not have knowledge that genetically engineered ingredients were used or involved in the production, or they had relied on the sworn testimony of the producer or grower, stating that the food was not subject to the disclosure requirements.