Vermont won’t enforce state GMO law after passage of US law

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – The Vermont Attorney General’s office says it won’t be enforcing the state’s first-in-the-nation law that required the labeling of some foods made with genetic engineering.

The decision by Attorney Gen. William Sorrell follows the signing by President Barack Obama of a federal law that requires most food packages to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic code to indicate whether the food contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

The federal law gives the Agriculture Department two years to write the rules. The new law pre-empts the Vermont law that took effect July 1.

Critics say the federal law isn’t as strict as the Vermont law.

Sorrell says Vermont spurred Congress to act. He says it’s “unfortunate that corporate interests were ultimately able to water down” the Vermont law.

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