GE Food Labeling Rule
Act 120 Public Meetings
The Office of the Attorney General will hold three public meetings this month to introduce the draft rules to implement Act 120. These rules will provide clarity on the scope and reach of the law with the goal of both providing information and minimizing burdens on the regulated community. The meetings will be held in Burlington, Montpelier, and Brattleboro:
Tuesday, October 21 12:00–2:00 PM Contois Auditorium, City Hall 149 Church Street Burlington, VT 05401
Wednesday, October 22 5:00–7:00 PM Room 11, Vermont State House 115 State Street Montpelier, VT 05633
Friday, October 24 3:30–5:30 PM Room 2E, Marlboro College Graduate Campus 28 Vernon Street Brattleboro, VT 05301
For directions to the Graduate Campus and parking information, visit http://www.marlboro.edu/about/directions/brattleboro
The Attorney General expects to make the draft rules public in advance of the meetings. Each of the meetings will include a thirty-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for public comments and questions. While the Attorney General will solicit official public comments on the proposed draft rule early next year, these public meetings will serve as important opportunity for obtaining feedback from producers, retailers, and consumers.
Act 120 Rulemaking
The Attorney General is responsible for promulgating the rules that will implement 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).
To learn more about Act 120 Rulemaking, you may view answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Act 120 here. This document will be updated and expanded as rulemaking progresses.
Earlier this year, 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.
To give input and ask questions, you can email the Attorney General's GE Food Rulemaking Team 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 sending out periodic answers to Frequently Asked Questions in response to the inquiries and input received through this channel. To the extent your email 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, go to http://list.state.vt.us/guest/RemoteListSummary/GEFoodLabelingRule and enter your email address
Published: Oct 13, 2014