Obama Signs GMO Labeling Law

The battle, at long last, is effectively over now as President Obama signed federal GMO labeling legislation into law one week ago today.  The law, which has been working its way through Congress for the past few years, requires food manufacturers to notify consumers of the presence of GMOs in packaged foods by one of…

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Chipotle Goes non-GMO

Speaking of genetically modified organisms from above (and who isn’t these days?), fast casual restaurant Chipotle announced this week that they will cease using GMO foods.  No specific effective date was mentioned in the story.  Chipotle was the first national restaurant company to voluntarily disclose GMO ingredients in its food back in March 2013.

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Vermont GMO Labeling Rules Adopted

The state of Vermont is now that much closer to implementing their first in the nation GMO labeling requirements as the Attorney General adopted new regulations last week that will govern the labeling of GMO foods (genetically modified organisms) when the requirement becomes effective on July 1, 2015.  The rules dictate the label’s font size…

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GMO Labeling Refiled in Congress

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) have filed legislation again that would require the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The identical bills were filed respectively in the Senate (S.511) and the US House (HR. 913).  The Senate filing had 13 additional co-sponsors (all democratic Senators), while the House bill…

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GMO Labeling in Oregon Headed to Recount

Well, now that all the votes have been counted and the results are in, the question of mandating labeling of “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs) is still not finalized in Oregon and will be the subject of an official recount, believed to be scheduled for December 12.  According to results at this point, State Ballot Measure…

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What’s Brewing: New Green Laws, Wage Theft Lawsuits, Mandatory Sick Leave

While you’ve been busy running your franchise and serving your customers, legislators, lawyers and union activists have busy doing what they do best—agitating non-issues into confrontations, passing new laws, formulating new regulations and filing new lawsuits. And, more often than not, these new rules and regulations are threatening to change how franchise owners run their…

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Suit Filed Against Vermont GMO Labelling Law

As expected, the Grocers Manufacturers Association (GMA), along with a host of other food industry plaintiffs, filed a lawsuit last week in Burlington, Vermont challenging the legality of the new GMO labelling law and asking the federal court to enjoin implementation of the law.  The GMA, joined in the challenge by the Snack Food Association,…

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Grocery Manufacturers Association To Sue Vermont over GMO Bill

In what is no surprise to anyone who has watched the advancement of legislation in the Green Mountain state that mandates special labelling of all foodstuffs where any component contains a genetically modified organism, the Grocers Manufacturers Association announced plans recently to initiate litigation in federal court challenging the validity of the nation’s first such…

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Vermont Governor Signs GMO Labeling Bill into Law

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, who made no secret of his support for mandating GMO labeling, followed through yesterday when he signed it into law, making Vermont the first state in the nation to mandate the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The bill, which does not become effective until July 1, 2016, is…

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Professional Group Calls For Reason In GMO Labelling

Last week we told you that Vermont had become the first state in the nation to require special labelling and that Congress is also looking at the impact of state mandated labelling.  This week, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) released a white paper (Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labelling for Genetically Engineered Food…

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