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Vermont Asks Court to Dismiss Industry Challenge to GMO Labeling Law

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Vermont’s attorney general has asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont to dismiss a lawsuit by a group of food manufacturer trade associations to overturn Vermont’s law requiring labels on genetically modified food beginning in July 2016. “The State’s motion makes the case that Vermont’s labeling law withstands all five challenges to… Continue Reading

New Federal Bill Aims to Squash State GMO-Labeling Efforts

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Efforts to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have sprouted across more than two dozen states, including two successful bills in Maine and Connecticut, along with measures that came up short at the ballot box in California and Washington. But proposed federal legislation introduced on Wednesday would put an end to that by prohibiting any mandatory… Continue Reading

Next GMO Battleground Could Be New York State

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Labeling food containing genetically modified ingredients might be a federal issue at some point, but the states are not done with it yet. Next month, two state capitals within easy earshot of the major media outlets – Albany, NY, and Annapolis, MD – are going to be holding public hearings on serious GMO labeling bills…. Continue Reading

Industry’s Secret Plan to Get the Feds to Kill GMO Labeling in Every State

Opinion

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With the disappointing results now in from I-522, the initiative in Washington state that would have required labeling of genetically engineered food (aka, GMOs), the looming question is, what’s next? At least for the junk-food lobby, that answer in painfully clear: stop this state-level movement at any cost. In last Wednesday’s New York Times, Stephanie Strom reports on… Continue Reading

Washington State’s GMO Labeling Initiative Appears Headed for Defeat

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With all of Washington state’s counties reporting in late Tuesday night, voters appear to be turning down ballot initiative I-522, which would require labeling food made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The complete vote results may not be available until December, but nearly 1 million voters have already turned down the initiative by 55 percent… Continue Reading

Effort to Hide Corporations Opposing GE Food Labeling Lands in Court

Opinion

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This editorial originally appeared on the blog of the Center for Food Safety on Oct. 15. Oct. 16 update: The Washington State attorney general’s office has filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association, stating that the trade group “illegally collected and spent more than $7 million while shielding the identity of its contributors” to… Continue Reading

Trade Group, Biotech Giants Spending Big Bucks to Stop GE Labeling in WA

Opinion

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This editorial was originally published on Sept. 17, 2013, by the Center for Food Safety. The nation’s largest food makers’ trade group, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), is donating big money to oppose I-522, but on whose behalf? Even if you haven’t heard of the GMA, you know its members: the nation’s largest food makers… Continue Reading

Fighting GMO Labeling in California is Food Lobby’s “Highest Priority”

Opinion

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In case you had any doubt that California’s Prop 37 — which would require labeling of food containing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) — is a significant threat to industry, a top food lobby has now made it perfectly clear. In a recent speech to the American Soybean Association (most soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified),… Continue Reading

More Deadlines Missed as FSMA Rules Remain Stalled at OMB

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Food safety advocates remain frustrated and confused as central Food Safety Modernization Act rules have failed to advance more than six months after they were sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget. Under FSMA, which President Obama signed in January 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was directed to churn out… Continue Reading

Grocery Manufacturers Association Adds Food Safety Staff

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced Monday it has added two experts to its food safety staff: Melinda Hayman, Ph.D., as the group’s director of microbiology and William Koshute, M.S., as a chemistry scientist. “GMA has a world-class food safety practice, and I am confident that both Melinda and William have the scientific expertise and… Continue Reading