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Vermont Attorney General Issues Guidance Document: Genetically Engineered Food Labeling

October 16, 2015

UNITED STATES - Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell has issued guidance document on Consumer Protection Rule CP 121 – Labeling Foods Produced with Genetic Engineering with regard to how the Attorney General’s Office interprets and enforces the Rule.

The guidance also provides answers to numerous questions posed by individuals, organizations and companies about how the labeling requirements will operate.

The labeling rule specifies that packaged food produced with genetic engineering and offered for retail sale in Vermont shall be labelled in accordance with the following:

Disclosures on packaged, raw agricultural commodities shall be clear and conspicuous and shall read “Produced with Genetic Engineering.”

Disclosures on packaged, processed foods shall read “Produced with Genetic Engineering,” “Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering,” or “May be Produced with Genetic Engineering,” as appropriate.

The labeling rule is effective beginning July 1, 2016.

The guidance document shall be updated based on questions raised by individuals, organizations and companies.