Should governments be allowed to mandate genetically modified organism (GMO) labels on your retail products? Wherever you may stand on the matter, the consumers of Vermont voiced an emphatic “yes”.
Vermont Act 120 required that foods sold in Vermont retail stores to bear mandatory labeling if they contain GMO ingredients. The act also prohibited manufacturers from labeling foods as “natural” or “all natural” when they in fact contain GMO ingredients. [7/15/16 UPDATE: The Vermont state law went into effect July 1, 2016, but may now be superseded by a national GMO labeling regulation passed by the House and Senate later in July 2016.]
The Vermont law was unsuccessfully challenged in court. Grocery Manufacturers Association v. Sorrell officially went into action when the Vermont Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules filed with the Secretary of State’s Office to uphold the new GMO labeling law. Chief Judge Christina Reiss of the US District Court for the District of Vermont presided over and reviewed the law, and ruled that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other food groups requesting an injunction against the law failed to show that their members would suffer irreparable harm without it. Despite this, the rule was partially granted and denied Vermont’s request, and so the ruling allowed the lawsuit against GMO products to go forward, but without any further decision before the July 1, 2016 deadline.
As a label company right across the border from Vermont, Electronic Imaging Materials, Inc. has valuable experience assisting food manufacturers to comply with new GMO mandates. We offer a wide variety of label materials to fit all types of packaging requirements and realize that documenting every ingredient that has not been genetically modified is time-consuming. We can help make revising your food labels the easy part of the process.