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MEDIA ADVISORY: Vermont Law Experts Available for Comment on Food Industry Challenge to GMO Labeling Law

June 16, 2014

Maryellen Apelquist, Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
office: 802-831-1228, cell: 802-299-5593,

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., June 16, 2014—Two Vermont Law School faculty members, experts in food and agriculture law and policy, are available to comment on a lawsuit filed last week in federal court challenging Act 120, Vermont’s new labeling law for genetically engineered foods.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday by a coalition of food industry groups including the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Snack Food Association, is “the first of what may be a series of lawsuits to block labeling requirements for products containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs,” Bloomberg reported.

VLS food and agriculture law and policy experts available for immediate comment on the challenge to Vermont’s GMO-labeling law are:

“I can tell you that the GMA’s assertion that the law has no basis in health, safety, or science is patently false,” Beyranevand told the Christian Science Monitor. “The law recognizes that there aren’t any long-term independent studies that haven’t been funded by industry which establish the health and safety of genetically engineered foods.”

“To that end, the law gives consumers the ability to determine if that is a risk they are willing to pay for,” Beyranevand said.


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