GE Food Labeling Rule
Posted: January 23, 2015
Responding to requests for additional opportunity to comment on the proposed rule on the labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering, the Attorney General has scheduled a second public hearing on the rule. This hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 5 – 6pm in Room 10 at the State House in Montpelier. Additionally, the Attorney General has extended the deadline for submitting written comments on the rule by two weeks to Thursday, February 12, 2015.
Posted: January 7, 2015
On December 8, 2014, the Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules approved the Attorney General’s Proposed Consumer Protection Rule 121 for the Labeling of Foods Produced with Genetic Engineering. The Attorney General has submitted the proposed rule to the Secretary of State’s Office, thus commencing the formal rulemaking process under Vermont’s Administrative Procedures Act.
The Attorney General will be holding a public hearing at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, to accept public comments on the proposed rule. Members of the public are also invited to submit formal written comments to the Attorney General until January 28, 2015.
Further information is available on the Secretary of State’s website: https://secure.vermont.gov/SOS/rules/#.
GE Food Labeling Rule
In May 2014, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 120, the law that requires labeling food produced with genetic engineering (GE). Foods produced with genetic engineering are also known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Act 120 may be viewed in its entirety here.
In passing Act 120, the Legislature tasked the Attorney General with developing rules to implement the law. These rules provide clarity on the scope and reach of the law, including specific requirements for labeling food.
Learn More About Act 120 Rulemaking
To learn more about Act 120 and the draft rule, you may view answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Act 120. This document will be updated and expanded as rulemaking progresses. In October 2014, the Attorney General held public meetings in Burlington, Montpelier, and Brattleboro to introduce the draft rule. The presentation shown at these meetings is available here. In June 2014, the Attorney General released a GE Food Labeling Rule Questionnaire, developed to gather public input early in the rulemaking process and to field questions about the law. View a summary of the questionnaire results here.
Provide Input and Ask Questions
While the Attorney General will solicit official public comments on the proposed rule in 2015, the Office welcomes ongoing feedback and questions from producers, retailers, and consumers at ago.GEFoodLabelingRule@state.vt.us.
Communications submitted to this email address are subject to disclosure under Vermont’s Public Records Act, 1 V.S.A. section 315, et. seq. This email address will act as a repository for public input and not necessarily as a channel of two-way communication. The Attorney General’s Office anticipates publishing periodic answers to Frequently Asked Questions in response to the inquiries and input received through this channel. To the extent your message requires a specific response, a member of the GE Food Rulemaking Team will be in touch with you as soon as practicable, given the volume of input we receive.
To sign up for the Attorney General's updates on rulemaking developments, enter your email address at http://list.state.vt.us/guest/RemoteListSummary/GEFoodLabelingRule.
Published: Oct 28, 2014