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Trade Group Vows to Sue over Vermont's GMO Labeling Law--U.S. State Attorneys General Promise to Support VT

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The ink was barely dry on Vermont's first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law when a national industry trade group declared it would seek to overturn it.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents cereal-maker General Mills, among others, said Friday it intends to sue the state to reverse the law.

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell said Monday the state is prepared. "We're expecting to be sued and we'll put the A-team on the case if and when we are sued," Sorrell said.

Food companies, retailers and biotechnology industry trade groups oppose Vermont's law requiring manufacturers to put a one-line label on products containing genetically modified ingredients starting in 2016. Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the bill at an outdoor ceremony Thursday.

They say GMO crops pose no risk to human health or the environment; instead, they say the law will only increase food prices and complicate interstate commerce.

"The government therefore has no compelling interest in warning consumers about foods containing GM ingredients," the Grocery Manufacturers Association said in a statement late last week. "In the coming weeks GMA will file suit in federal court against the state of Vermont to overturn the law."     


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