Vermont AG to hold public meetings to introduce GMO food labeling rules

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Vermont AG to hold public meetings to introduce GMO food labeling rules

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:58am -- tim

Attorney General William Sorrell will hold three public meetings this month to introduce the draft rules to implement Act 120, the law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering (GMO). The meetings will be held the week of October 20, 2014 in Burlington, Montpelier, and Brattleboro. 

The Attorney General is responsible for promulgating the rules that will implement Act 120. These rules will provide clarity on the scope and reach of the law with the goal of both providing information and minimizing burdens on the regulated community. While the Attorney General will later solicit official public comments on the proposed draft rule, these public meetings will serve as an important opportunity for obtaining feedback from producers, retailers, and consumers. 

Each of the meetings will include a thirty-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for public comments and questions. The Attorney General expects to make the draft rules public in advance of the meetings. 

Details on the date, time, and location of each meeting follow: 

Tuesday, October 21 

12:00–2:00 PM 

Contois Auditorium, City Hall 

149 Church Street 

Burlington, VT 05401 

Wednesday, October 22 

5:00–7:00 PM 

Room 11, Vermont State House 

115 State Street 

Montpelier, VT 05633 

Friday, October 24 

3:30–5:30 PM 

Room 2E, Marlboro College Graduate Campus 

28 Vernon Street 

Brattleboro, VT 05301 

For directions to the Graduate Campus and parking information, visit http://www.marlboro.edu/about/directions/brattleboro 

More information about the implementation of Act 120 is available on the Attorney General’s website at http://www.ago.state.vt.us/, under the GE Food Labeling Rule link. Individuals can also contact the Attorney General’s GE Food Rulemaking Team via email at ago.gefoodlabelingrule@state.vt.us. People interested in keeping up to date on the development of the rules can also sign up for periodic email updates by visiting http://list.state.vt.us/guest/RemoteListSummary/GMOLabelingRule and following the directions there.