Starting July 1, 2016, the first GMO labeling law (Act 120) will take effect in Vermont! With this law in place, food and beverage companies are required to label GMO right on their label and fail to do so will face a penalty. To reduce cost, many large U.S. food marker like Campbell Soup, Mars, Kellogg, ConAgra, General Mills and Dannon- have announced they will label their product nationwide! While many other companies are concerned with having to label their product as GMO will perceive by the consumer as undesirable. Some food manufacturers are changing their products to avoid having to label them as GMO.
What will this law mean?
Starting July 1st, all food and beverage that is in Vermont market will require to the label to state something like this “produced with genetic engineering”, ” partially produced with genetic engineering”, or “may be produced with genetic engineering”. This law will prohibit food being identify or advertise as “natural”.
Where does this law not apply?
The Vermont law does not apply to foods that are intended for immediate human consumption;
How does this affect you?
With Vermont GMO labeling law only taken effect to food and beverage sold at the State of Vermont, some companies will use their GMO label nationwide. This means for people who live outside of Vermont, may see GMO labeling on their local shelf. The other States like Connecticut and Maine have already enacted a law that will impose GMO labeling requirement.
If I live outside of Vermont, how do I know if something is GMO or not?
If you would like to purchase non-GMO items, look for organic certified and non-GMO verified seals.