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Hold sought on US state GMO labelling law

The US Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other industry groups challenging the US state of Vermont's law requiring labelling of foods derived from genetically modified crops have filed a motion to block the state from implementing the measure while their lawsuit is pending. The plaintiffs contend that they are likely to prevail with their challenge and argue that their member companies "will suffer irreparable harm" without a preliminary injunction that bars Vermont from imposing the requirements of the labelling law until the litigation "has run its course". The motion, filed on September 11th, is the latest salvo in the legal battle over the nation's first state law mandating labels for GM foods. The Vermont law, approved in May, calls for GMO labelling requirements to take effect in July 2016, affecting an array of foods in the state (Agrow No 688, p 12). The GMA and other groups filed suit in June in the US District Court for the District of Vermont, arguing the state labelling law violates the US Constitution and should be blocked. Last month, Vermont asked the Court to dismiss the case, saying the constitutional claims lacked merit (Agrow No 694, p 24).



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