Some Vermonters reeling at deal on genetically modified food

FILE - In this April 16, 2013, file photo, a customer shops for produce at the Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier, Vt. Companies would not have to disclose whether their food products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Many Vermonters are wondering “What now?” after word of compromise legislation in Washington that could ultimately kill a state law set to take effect next week that requires labels on genetically modified food.

But with the Congress on recess until July 5, there’s no chance a federal law could pass before Vermont’s takes effect. And many big food companies have already come up with new labels to comply with Vermont’s law.

Compromise legislation worked out by two key U.S. senators would allow notification that food was genetically modified to be embedded in a bar code on the product that could be ready by a smart phone.

A spokesman for Campbell’s Soup Company says it has already shipped product with labels that comply with Vermont’s law.

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