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Vermont Releases Draft GMO Labeling Rules

November 18, 2014

Vermont has released a draft of rules to govern the state's first-in-the-nation law to require the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The nine pages of rules lay out everything from definitions of "food" and "genetic engineering" to the required disclosures that will read "Produced with Genetic Engineering" or "Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering."

The law calls for the labeling of processed GMO foods and for retailers to post signs on displays of unpackaged genetically engineered foods. Violations could be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 per day. Restaurants would be exempt from the requirements.

The law is expected to go into effect on July 1, 2016.

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