Is the Vermont GMO law, null and void?

 

On July 29th, the president signed into law “S. 764, which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard”

The law  pre-empts Vermont’s GMO law that went into effect July 1st.  Specifically the bill says

Senate Bill 764

no State or political subdivision of a State may directly or indirectly establish under any authority or continue in effect…any requirement relating to the labeling or disclosure of whether a food is bioengineered”

The bill suggests that an electronic mark (i.e. think Smart Labels, and QR Codes) should be used to provide the consumer with GMO information.  Additionally if an electronic mark is to be used then the company cannot collect personal demographics information.

 

So yes, Vermont’s and every other state, agency – cannot require on package labeling; only the Feds will have that right. But given companies and grocery stores want to manage their brands, and require labeling, we can expect their to be legal challenges.

 

See also: Grocery Manufacturers Association Press Release

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