The Vermont law mandating the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) becomes effective today.  The law, which originally passed back in 2014 and has since survived a number of legal and political challenges, requires that any food product that contains at least 75% bioengineered content have a label specifying that the product is “produced with genetic engineering.” Those products with less than 75 percent bioengineered content can add the word “partially” to the label wording.  The Vermont attorney general has stated that although full enforcement will not begin until January 1, 2017, the state reserves the right to collect fines of up to $1,000 per SKU violation per day reaching back to the July 1, 2016 implementation date for products improperly labeled on January 2, 2017.  Fines for non-compliance can be up to $1,000 per SKU (store-keeping unit) per day!  Studies by some of the affected industries have pegged the cost of compliance as high as $3.8 billion.  It has been reported that as a result of the requirement some Coca Cola products may not be available in Vermont for the immediate future.  A legal challenge brought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is still pending in the courts as is their appeal of an earlier denial of a preliminary injunction against the law.