Vermont attorney general releases draft GMO food labeling rule for public input

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Vermont attorney general releases draft GMO food labeling rule for public input

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 2:40pm -- tim

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday released a preliminary draft of the rule to implement Act 120, the law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering (GMO). The draft rule is posted on the Attorney General’s website. In passing Act 120, the Legislature tasked the Attorney General with developing the regulations that will implement the labeling law. These regulations will provide clarity on the scope and reach of the law, including the specific requirements for labeling food. While the Attorney General will later solicit official public comments on the proposed rule, the upcoming public meetings and emailed comments will serve as an important opportunity for the Office to obtain input from producers, retailers, and consumers.

Members of the public are invited to review the rule and provide input either by attending the public meetings around the state next week, or by sending an email to ago.gefoodlabelingrule@state.vt.us.

For Draft Rule CLICK HERE.

Details on the date, time, and location of each public meeting are as follows:

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.vermont.gov, 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/GEFoodLabelingRule and following the directions there.

Vermont AG: Oct 15, 2014