In late July, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients, creating a nationwide solution that will avoid a state-by-state patchwork of laws.
Following the rejection of Proposition 37 in California in 2012, the hot-button issue of labels for food containing genetically modified (or engineered) organisms (GMOs) took a back seat to other issues for many California food producers and retailers. However, for GMO-labeling proponents, the focus merely shifted to other states. Maine, Connecticut and Vermont passed laws that would require GMO labeling, and – as of July 1 – the Vermont law became the first such state law to take effect. Shortly afterwards, Congress took action and created a nationwide GMO-labeling standard that will preempt the Vermont law and all other state regulation in this area – and that will directly apply to food sold in California.
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