For Immediate Release
George Kimbrell, 971-271-7372
Food Industry Appeals Court Decision Upholding Vermont GE Labeling Law
WASHINGTON - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today appealed last week’s federal court decision affirming the constitutionality of Vermont’s genetically engineered food labeling law, Act 120. The federal court’s ruling fully denied the preliminary injunction motion brought by the GMA, Snack Food Association, and other plaintiffs to try and halt the law’s implementation, and granted the State of Vermont’s motion to dismiss on several claims.
George Kimbrell, senior attorney at Center for Food Safety, provided the following statement:
“We will continue to stand with the People of Vermont and defend Act 120. Industrial food interests will stop at nothing to keep their ingredients secret and deny Americans genetically engineered food labeling. They have spent untold millions pushing federal bills to outright block States’ ability to label. Now, as expected, they are appealing this decision, despite the court’s resounding rejection of their legal arguments. Americans are demanding the truth in labeling that citizens in 64 other countries already have. This decision is a crucial step in protecting those rights.”
For more on the ruling, see here.
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