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US state seeks dismissal of challenge to GMO labelling law

The US state of Vermont's attorney general says that the state's law requiring labelling of foods derived from genetically modified crops is legally sound and has asked a federal court to reject a court challenge brought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other industry groups. Attorney general William Sorrell submitted the request to the US District Court for the District of Vermont, arguing that the lawsuit lacks merit and should be summarily dismissed. Vermont's law (Act 120), approved in May, calls for GMO labelling requirements to take effect in July 2016, affecting an array of foods sold for human consumption (Agrow No 688, p 12). The GMA, along with the Snack Food Association, International Dairy Foods Association and National Association of Manufacturers, filed suit in June challenging the law (Agrow No 691, p 14). The groups argue that the law violates the US Constitution. But the state counters that the five constitutional challenges cited by the plaintiffs fall short, including the argument that the GM labelling requirement violates the First Amendment's protections for free speech.

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