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Vermont poised for US legal battle over GM food labels

Approved in the spring by the state legislature and signed by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, the law (Act 12) would affect an array of foods sold for human consumption in the state. It would be the first law enacted in the US to mandate GMO labelling.  It specifically requires food manufacturers to verify their products are GMO-free or include language on the label that says the product is "partially produced" or "may be produced" or "produced" with genetic engineering. The law would also prohibit GM foods from carrying labels that say “natural” or “naturally made.” Alcohol, meat or dairy products are exempt from the labelling requirements as are restaurants.

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