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IDFA Joins Challenge to Vermont GMO Labeling Law

Jun 18, 2014

IDFA joined the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Snack Food Association and the National Association of Manufacturers last week in filing a complaint in federal district court in Vermont challenging the state’s mandatory GMO labeling law.

“IDFA believes that all labels must be truthful, not misleading and based on sound science. The Vermont law falls far short of that goal,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president and general counsel. “The Food and Drug Administration has extensively studied genetically modified foods and ingredients and repeatedly found that there is no difference between products with GMO ingredients and those with non-GMO ingredients.”

If Vermont’s law is implemented, the labeling requirements would violate IDFA members’ first amendment rights and severely impede the flow of interstate commerce, making it exceptionally difficult for dairy companies to efficiently market their products in the United States.

For more information, contact Hough at or (202) 220-3516.

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