US industry challenges state GMO label law
The US Grocery Manufacturers Association and several other industry groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the state of Vermont's law that requires labelling of genetically modified food. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the District of Vermont, argues that the law violates the US constitution and says that the state should be blocked from implementing it. Last month, Vermont became the first US state to pass legislation requiring GM food labelling (Agrow No 688, p 12). Vermont is "compelling manufacturers to convey messages they do not want to convey, and prohibiting manufacturers from describing their products in terms of their choosing, without anything close to a sufficient justification", the complaint says. The groups argue that the federal regulatory system has found GM foods safe and repeatedly determined that there is no need for labelling.