A bill has recently been introduced in the Vermont state legislature that would require food to be labeled as genetically engineered if it is entirely or partially produced with genetically engineered ingredients.
If passed, the bill, H.722, also known as the ‘VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act’ i, will take effect in 2014.
The bill also forbids any such food from using advertising or promotional material that states or implies that the food is:
- “naturally made”
- “naturally grown”
- “all natural,” or
- Any words of similar meaning
According to the language of the bill, it would require:
“… in the case of a raw agricultural commodity, on the package offered for retail sale … the clear and conspicuous words, ‘genetically engineered’ on the front of the package … [or] on a label appearing on the retail store shelf or bin in which such commodity is displayed for sale.
… in the case of any processed food, in clear and conspicuous language on the front or back of the package … the words, ‘partially produced with genetic engineering’ or ‘may be partially produced with genetic engineering'”. ii