Grocers sue Vermont over modified food label law

6/12/2014 3:00 PM
By Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Grocery Manufacturers Association and other industry groups are suing the state of Vermont, challenging a new state law requiring the labeling of food made the genetically modified organisms.

The suit had been anticipated since Vermont's GMO labeling law was signed last month by Gov. Peter Shumlin.

The suit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Burlington.

The trade groups call the Vermont law "a costly and misguided measure that will set the nation on a path toward a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies that do nothing to advance the health and safety of consumers."

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell says he hasn't seen the lawsuit, but his office has been preparing to defend the law.

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