H.367 GMO Food in VT to be Labeled by July 1, 2011

Excerpt from: House Bill 367

LABELING GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD

“Genetically engineered ingredient” means a component of a larger substance meant for human or animal consumption that has been produced according to procedures described in subdivision (1) of this section

Genetically engineered food or food products that contain one or more genetically engineered ingredients and are offered for sale within the state shall be labeled as follows:

food sold in packaged form shall be identified as genetically engineered food by bearing a conspicuous label on the package that lists all genetically engineered ingredients therein; or (2) food sold in unpackaged form shall be conspicuously identified as genetically engineered food by placing a notation that is visible and easily identifiable by a consumer in close proximity to the displayed product, or by issuing a verbal disclosure to consumers when a notation is not feasible.

PENALTIES

MISBRANDED FOOD

If it is a genetically engineered food or a food product containing one or more genetically engineered ingredients as defined in V.S.A. § 5701 and is not labeled in compliance with chapter 151 of Title 9. Sec. 3.

EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on July 1, 2011.

Link to the Bill – http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-367.pdf

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