Senate GMO bill vote looms, Vermont law in affect
July 3, 2016
Vermont is the first state to require genetically modified foods to be labeled, but that law might be reversed, depending on a Senate vote that should take place in the next couple of weeks.
The Vermont law requires a label on food products with GMOs, but a federal bill with loosened regulations compared to Vermont is still awaiting a vote. A bipartisan compromise in the Senate added a clause on how products are labeled.
According to NPR, companies can decide how to label products, including text on the package, phone and website information or a QR code.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he plans to block the Senate's vote, according to the Associated Press. The Democratic presidential candidate said the compromise is too lenient.
The bill must still pass the Agriculture Committee and full Senate before going to the U.S. House.
– Staff reports